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Ambrose Chapel
Jul 28, 2003, 04:20 PM

July 28 - 15:38 EDT__ USA Today reports that early BuyMusic.com customers have found they can't transfer purchased tracks to their portable digital music players. "The Mac-only iTunes has won raves for ease of use, both in burning CDs and transferring songs to Apple's iPod players. But BuyMusic's tracks have started out as unplayable, even on portables lent to the press in a promotional blitz," notes the publication. "We're working on this," said Buy.com CEO Scott Blum, who says the company will have the glitch fixed today and that customers who have bought tracks will receive free re-downloads. USA Today also notes that BuyMusic will not release its first week's download figures, but "it's not millions," Blum said. As you may recall, the iTunes store sold over one million songs in its first week and 6.5 million since April. BuyMusic blocked access to the site for Macintosh users last Friday.


edit: ahhhhhh this isn't the forum i meant this to go in....mods please move to the appropriate forum. thank you..

Jul 28, 2003, 04:25 PM
Category: News and Press Releases
Link: BuyMusic.com downloads unable to transfer onto Portable Players (http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2003-07-28-buymusic_x.htm)

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Jul 28, 2003, 04:26 PM
Haha I love it. They supposedly have a larger catalog of music, they surely have a larger pool of potential customers, yet they can't get as many sales in the first week as did the iTMS? Hahaha, and Scott Blum wanted to get up to 500,000 sales a day. Yeah, right.

Jul 28, 2003, 04:28 PM
haha i love it. he is quickly realizing he ********* up with his quick service. now everybody will hate it and dance in happy circles when apple comes to the rescue.


Jul 28, 2003, 04:28 PM
So... 1 week in...

"Apple has sold 6.5 million songs since April; BuyMusic won't release figures, but "it's not millions," Blum says."

Ambrose Chapel
Jul 28, 2003, 05:37 PM
Yeah this is satisfying isn't it? Still, more and more Windows-compatible competitors are coming. I hope Apple will have iTMS for Windows ready before one of them does it right...

Jul 28, 2003, 06:57 PM
That is satifying to hear. Bad DRM is BAD. iTMS DRM ain't perfect, but ain't BAD.

Jul 28, 2003, 08:51 PM
that is my new favorite quote: "it's not millions"


Jul 28, 2003, 10:19 PM
I would like to point to this thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=438107#post438107) or Accelerate Your Mac (http://www.xlr8yourmac.com), in case you haven't seen it yet.

Certain artists are just now finding out that their music is on BuyMusic's site. Without their permission. Some kind-of old contract with an unscrupulous company called Orchard, among others. Bad mojo.

Some of them are also on iTunes (or soon to be). Along with Listen.com and Rhapsody, through CDBaby. If you like them, I say support the sites that supports them. I'm hoping this isn't some publicity stunt to garner sympathy, but I've been reading about it, and it seems legit.

Also, according to the site, Jody Whitesides (http://www.jodywhitesides.com/) is a Mac fan... even if they, and Throwing Toasters, did work with SpyMac. :p


BuyMusic.com, doomed to failure.

Jerry Spoon
Jul 28, 2003, 10:43 PM
"Last week Buy.com tried to take a bite out of Apple's successful iTunes Music Store by rolling out a low-priced song-download service said to be simple and reliable."

Interesting b/c in reality, they're not in competition b/c they don't cater to the same users...I know they will be when ITMS goes pc. Don't remind me.

"Apple has sold 6.5 million songs since April; BuyMusic won't release figures, but "it's not millions," Blum says."

That's the info I was looking for. Less than two million downloads w/ 95% of the market...Ha!:D

Jul 29, 2003, 12:53 PM
Apple has sold 6.5 million songs since April; BuyMusic won't release figures, but "it's not millions," Blum says.

Hehe. 95% of the market can use it yet they can't even get 1 million songs!

Ooooh. They are shooting themselves in the foot. I bet Blum is getting pressured to release numbers on this service. Long live iTMS.

And as mentioned before, bad DRM is really bad.

Come on Mac users, buy a song this week on the iTMS for good measure. Let's keep adding nails to buymusic.com's coffin.