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MacBytes
Oct 13, 2003, 01:37 PM
Category: Reviews
Link: Meet the new Napster -- and the rest of the pack (BuyMusic, Music Match, iTunes...) (http://www.usatoday.com/tech/techreviews/products/2003-10-13-download-options_x.htm)

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Rower_CPU
Oct 13, 2003, 02:18 PM
Note the poll in the lower right asking which service people plan on using.

iTunes is in the lead by quite a margin right now.

mainstreetmark
Oct 13, 2003, 02:46 PM
Yes, it's easy to use, but in the end, it's just a store, not a music destination like Napster, Rhapsody and MusicMatch, where discovering music is a richer experience with the monthly subscription.

I have no idea what this means. I've used MusicMatch, and don't recall it being some sort of destination, nor was finding similar music I might like very obvious.

Anyone tried out Napster 2.0 yet?

TheFish
Oct 13, 2003, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by Rower_CPU
Note the poll in the lower right asking which service people plan on using.

iTunes is in the lead by quite a margin right now.

yeah i saw that, i was shocked it was that high, but thats great news for next week or this week i forget when itms is comming out for windows

mainstreetmark
Oct 13, 2003, 03:32 PM
Wow! that is something!

iTunes has twice the support of Napster currently, and almost twice the support of all the free services.

Truly unexpected for a trans-platform rag like USA Today.

bousozoku
Oct 13, 2003, 04:04 PM
Did you notice their remarks about whether each service worked with iPod? I thought that quite important. I would hope they were giving iPod credit for being the gold standard of players and not that WMA is coming to crash the party.

Java
Oct 13, 2003, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by bousozoku
Did you notice their remarks about whether each service worked with iPod? I thought that quite important. I would hope they were giving iPod credit for being the gold standard of players and not that WMA is coming to crash the party.

I thought the USA Today article was good. I noticed that too, about the mention of the iPod integration or not. And this article was written for the masses, not just for Mac users.Yes, it's easy to use, but in the end, it's just a store, not a music destination like Napster, Rhapsody and MusicMatch, Didn't quite agree with this. A destination? Isn't a store a destination? I see the iTMS as a music destination. I think it is more of a music destination because it is built directly into the player, thus eliminating the hassle of going to a website.

bennetsaysargh
Oct 13, 2003, 04:40 PM
i like how none of the other ones are or planning on be available for anything but windows except iTMS and that they compare weather it can be played on the iPod.

sonicsessions
Oct 13, 2003, 04:57 PM
interesting that they mention the total number of songs iTMS has as being the 200,000 they had at launch, yet ones like buymusic.com are listed at numbers like 315,000, which certainly isn't what they had at launch (they said they had 300,000, but ended up having more like 200,000). I'd be interested to hear Jobs say how many songs are currently on iTMS on the 16th.

I'm still kind of in awe of the media blitz recently for napster. I mean, it was even on all my local newscasts... strangely, the last time I heard something computer related (that didn't deal with porn etc) on my local news was about... napster. Odd. I certainly never heard a peep about anything Apple does... maybe this is why I hate the news media's spin...

sweetsdream
Oct 13, 2003, 06:04 PM
The reason Apple is successful is that you can use the music the way you want to. Copy it to your other computer, burn it on a CD to play in your car or put it on your iPod. Why would I pay for digital music if I can't do at least that stuff? I'll just buy the CD and rip it on my mac. Apple seems to be the only company doing this and it right.

These services need to think about services and compelling reasons to make people want to download music.