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iTunes Music Store attracts criticism

“The backlash has started. Having enjoyed a free ride from the media and from users since its inception last year, Apple’s iTunes Music Store is beginning to attract serious criticism.

There have been mutterings of opposition before, concerned with both the price of downloads and the quality, but the ongoing success of the store has largely silenced those. However when a website as widely read as The Register describes the latest iTunes TV advertisement as ‘shameful’, Apple should start to listen.”

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kazaa? what is this, 2002? no one who knows what their doing uses kazaa anymore.

not when there’s soulseek, bittorrent, and dozens of other applications that get the job done.

Posted by eric on February 4, 2004 at 9:10 PM (CST)


It still can’t be above 128kbps, which is crap.

Posted by Sam on February 4, 2004 at 9:56 PM (CST)


gabe, you’re a f&%king thief.

Posted by rdlink in Denver on February 4, 2004 at 10:45 PM (CST)


Usually, 128 will suffice for many people, and those are the people who use iTunes. If you really want anything higher than that, go buy the music in CD form and rip it yourself.

Use iTunes if you want to, don’t use it if you don’t like it.

Posted by Sraphim on February 4, 2004 at 11:14 PM (CST)


Uh, gabe, I think you’re a few cans short of a six pack there buddy.

Posted by george dubya bush on February 4, 2004 at 11:22 PM (CST)


wow, you mean I can get 10 128 songs for 10 dollars on itunes?  That’s like, almost the price of a cd.  A cd with cd quality music on it. A cd that can be ripped at any quality you want.

What a deal!

Moral or not, charging .99 cents for a 128 rip is tantamount to an ass raping.

Posted by dave on February 4, 2004 at 11:28 PM (CST)


The average price I’ve paid on iTunes is .75. I’ve paid as low as .62 per song and $4.95 per album. I have never paid as much as my local stores or Amazon charge.

You see, full albums come at a discount too, seldom .99/track. And if all you want is one song… CDs don’t come that way.

Pretty obvious I would have thought :)

And most people can detect nothing wrong with 128-bit MP4/AAC. If you’re one who can, you’ll be glad to note that CDs remain an option. To each his own. I buy some CDs still myself.

Throw in convenience of searching and previewing (EVERY track) from home, and getting delivery instantly, and I just have to laugh when people wish that iTunes (and other online stores) were not even available as an option.

Posted by Nagromme on February 5, 2004 at 12:48 AM (CST)


You’re still ignoring Warp’s bleep store. Their back catalog at high bitrates in classic mp3 format with no DRM.
There are plans for WAV size/quality downloads too in the future for those that want it.

Posted by Chris Matchett on February 5, 2004 at 12:53 AM (CST)


Nagromme - you are spot on. I can’t access iTunes yet but for me it will provide a valuable source for when I just want one or two tracks by an artist. If I want the whole album I would prefer to own the CD.

I’m very interested in more record companies following Warp’s lead though (thanks Chris!). This makes much more sense for the future.

And Gabe, you’re a knob.

Posted by bobsyerunkle on February 5, 2004 at 1:55 AM (CST)


Has anyone complained about the price of cola in general? I mean, how dare they charge this much for sugar-fizzy-water?

Oh, I forgot, you can’t download Pepsi or Coca Cola for free anywhere

get the drift?

Posted by voodoo on February 5, 2004 at 3:08 AM (CST)


I have read the reports of Janet’s accident on (im British) and found the whole incident farcicle, who cares if it happened. Kids are being taught sex education at school and will therefore hear about/see anatomy as part of their education.

Posted by Pecker on February 5, 2004 at 5:22 AM (CST)


This is really starting to piss me off.

First off, “teeth rotting soda”? I’m sick of these ‘experts’ informing me that certain things will ruin other things over time. Obviously Pepsi is bad for you, especially if you drink it often, but people are well aware of this. People drink it because they like it, not because their is a free token!

As for the money the artists get from their iTune purchase, oh well! The indie artist gets more money and makes better music, true; but artists go to the major record companies for one reason: more money. The “big 5” has a long history of screwing artists, who’s fault is it if the artist gets screwed?

It’s like smoking cigarettes, knowing that they kill you.

Posted by narco in Burbank on February 5, 2004 at 10:20 AM (CST)


Derp de derp te diddlee derp!

Posted by SamIzDum on February 5, 2004 at 11:25 AM (CST)


I agree with everyone here, except Gabe, who is definitely a tool. iTunes users are not sad; what’s sad is continuing to download for free, thinking that you’re never going to be served with papers for it, and then when that days comes, you’re all surprised and crying like a little bitch. And a little bitch is just what you are, Gabe.

Posted by Ron G. on February 5, 2004 at 7:19 PM (CST)

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