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Digital Music Stores Reviewed

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, December 23, 2003
News Categories: Digital Media

Brian Briggs at BBspot.com has reviewed several music download services; iTunes Music Store, Napster, Musicmatch, Rhapsody, Wal Mart, BuyMusic and EMusic. “I didn’t start out this process with a desire to review all the music services, but as a desire to have a “legal” music collection. I found myself jumping from service to service to see what was offered, and found that there wasn’t one met all my needs, but some were closer than others.”

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Comments

1

What a dry article.

While it is an OK list of features compiled in one spot, it offers absolutely nothing more.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on December 23, 2003 at 11:24 PM (PDT)

2

I thought it was ok.  It was the first time I’ve seen screen shots of services other than iTunes (I already have an iPod so i never bothered with any wma sites).

I laughed when i saw his “unless I get an iPod for xmas” comment at the end of the story.  ipods do soound like they’re flying off the shelves this xmas - I wonder how the others are players are doing in sales - Are all players selling as well as the iPod?

As long as the ipod leads in mp3 player marketshare, they are by default also going to lead in music store sales.

Posted by me on December 24, 2003 at 4:25 AM (PDT)

3

‘We just can’t trust people in other countries yet’

Who does this guy think he is?!

Posted by Nathan on December 24, 2003 at 5:18 AM (PDT)

4

Wow. He manages to say so little while using so many words. That’s 10 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on December 24, 2003 at 5:29 AM (PDT)

5

“We just cant trust people in other countries yet.”

Seriously, the good people of Britain, Canada, etc. must love hearing nationalistic crap like this. With attitudes like this, it’s no wonder the US is so popular abroad :>/

Posted by Jeff on December 24, 2003 at 7:04 AM (PDT)

6

Good “overview” article on the current status of on-line music.  His comment about “We just can’t trust people in other countries yet” was directed at the RIAA tactics and what the RIAA thinks.  There were some minor errors in his article, but it gives the average person a general overview of the services.  I agree with his bottom line. If you have an iPod, use iTunes as your primary download site and your “sync” program.  Use MusicMatch as your “streaming” radio station, burning software and recording software.  Artist on Demand is awesome because, for example, I can listen to all The Bloodhound Gang songs to preview before buying.  Then if I hear a song I like, I just click the download button.  Burn the WMA songs to audio CD, record them to MP3s, and now I have unrestricted MP3s in 160 for my iPod.  iTunes has much to offer also.  So, I use both iTunes and MusicMatch.

Posted by KenO on December 24, 2003 at 8:03 AM (PDT)

7

To those who are criticizing the author’s so-called nationalistic viewpoint, take a look at the rest of the site. It’s primary focus is satire. As KenO said, I’m pretty sure he’s just criticizing the RIAA’s reason for prohibiting international sales.

Posted by steeef on December 26, 2003 at 4:35 PM (PDT)

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