Buymusic.com Blocks Mac Users!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by c2kvette, Jul 25, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

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    The morons have now totally blocked Mac users from even accessing their webiste - what kind of company is this??
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    I was surprised at this so I went to check it out... this is what I got.

    :rolleyes:
     

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    eyelikeart

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    geez...what a pathetic attempt... :rolleyes:

    So, what's going to happen iTunes is ported to Windows users?
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    They don't sell mp3s.

    If it's any consolation, it doesn't work for Netscape users on PC or any other browser but IE.

    The files can only be played on Windows Media Player, so if you use something else to organise and play your music, you're stuffed again.

    Then there's the licensing conditions page... talk about a foreign language...
     
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    Veldek

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    Maybe they're afraid of what us Mac users have to say about their offer. This means we're right and they don't want the rest to know. ;)
     
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    irmongoose

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    Of course they don't have any smart method of knowing whether you're on a Mac or using any other browser, so you could easily fool it and enter the page by enabling the Debug menu and changing the User Agent to Windows MSIE 6.0. For Safari you could use Safari Enhancer.



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    groovebuster

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    In addition to that...

    I tried to access the pages from a Windows-Box with IE 5.5 and it crashed immediately. It was the first time since a very long time that IE crashed on this particular machine. A second try had the same result.

    Also very curious is, that in Safari the home page could be seen for like half a second, before that "no service" page showed up. So it is not a technical thing, it is on purpose.

    Poor, very poor...

    groovebuster
     
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    iJon

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    just download camino or omni web and change yourself to windows ie 6, your good to go. honestly though, did you really want to take a look around, it hideous, and the previews sound like someone did a radio rip from putting a mic up to their car stereo.

    iJon
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    they remind me of a dying company flailing about in search of money.

    i've got internet explorer 6 and windows media 9 on my system. but i don't use them. i use netscape 7.1 and winamp 2.91. so i guess i'm screwed. :rolleyes:

    i'll just wait for a good music service to come to the windows operating system.
     
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    RichP

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    Rumor has it iTunes for Windows isnt too far away..and although it may be a little less customizeable than winamp, I find it does a very good job managing music, and the ipod (musicmatch on PC for the iPod is a mess; all my friends complain, and after using it, I see why)

    and you have to admit, its very funny that we cant access the service (Im also sure 99% of their traffic was mac users poking around the site and having a good laugh at the poor iTMS knock-off)
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    I actually got into the buymusic.com page without doing much trickery. They just use some kind of meta refresh to redirect mac users to the annoying "We're sorry, you think independently, ya can't enter this site MS hater."

    I'm using Safari. When you hit their site just hit the stop button as soon as you get to their site. It interrupts the redirect.

    And the site? The layout is very PC/money/marketing driven. Not only that but their online commercials are EXACTLY like the Apple ITMS commercials (there's gotta be some kind of infringement here). I mean it's one thing to mimick something; usually done in a commedic manner, but these uncreative dimwitted idiots just ripped right off of Apple. The basic structure of the home page is very similar to the ITMSs too.

    Oh, and since there's no one clear way to transfer music from your computer to your device like there is on the Mac, they've even provided video instructions at the bottom with the help of some Calista Flockhart wannabe who's 2x as ugly.

    I mean, if this wan an innovation, something different and better even than Apple's implementation, then I'd be alllll about it, but it's not. It's just some ill-fated attempt at directly ripping off of Apple's concept. Even worse it just FEELS like it''s there to make money more than to serve the user, which when you think about it, serving the user should be the paramount goal, thus making money because of it. So in summary, this thing blows.

    Rock on Apple
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    yeah, i've tried musicmatch. hated it.

    one thing that's absolutely required for me to even consider using iTunes for Windows is ogg vorbis support. i encode all my music in ogg format. so if iTunes doesn't support ogg, i won't use it.

    does iTunes support ogg vorbis?
     
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    Veldek

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    Not yet, I think. At least, not AFAIK.
     
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    Capt Underpants

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    LOL! That's pretty funny. You guys must have been giving them alot of slack about their music selling endeavor.
     
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    Jerry Spoon

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    That kind of sucks. No, I wasn't going to buy anything, and NO, I wasn't going to send any hate mail, but it is interesting to compare notes on how much somethig is costing from buymusic compared to ITMS.

    Oh well, I'm sure their email is still out there for those wanting to complain.
     
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    Running scared? Or is it that they don't wanna face the music?
     
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    idea_hamster

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    Clearly this is some form of infantile tit-for-tat attempt to make Mac users feel snubbed.

    I don't think that I have ever seen a clearer sign of the windows world's sharply felt awareness that Mac users are a community and they somehow feel "left out".

    The idea that they've tried to block non-windows users with some juvenile form of HTML-for-Dummies re-direction trick is indicative of the sad fact that the windows world thinks that Mac users feel somehow personally superior to everyone else.

    :rolleyes:

    Ultimately, it is a move typical of MS and the Windows world: they've locked us out of their bass-ackward, cut down, malfunctioning version of something that we take for granted.

    Good job, guys -- send us a postcard when your voice changes.
     
  19. macrumors 6502

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    Doesn't Buymusic.com use WMP format? Are mac users really at a loss if they can't download music in that format?

    edit: I was just browsing buymusic.com and virtually all the songs are $ 0.99.
     
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    DreaminDirector

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    What the Hell, Buy.com!

    You got to be kidding?!? When I first read that they were blocking mac users, I thought you guys were kidding.

    I think they are just a really chicken sh*t company. Sorry for the profanity but it just really pisses me off to think that they can lie to consumers ($.79 for only 1% of their top 100 songs) and BLATANTLY rip off Apple's Music commercial.

    I mean, are people really buying into this crap? I guess over time as a Windows user, you just accept the shortcomings of these horrible services.

    And no wonder why Apple's Switch campaign didn't work very well. Windows users were too afraid that Apple was just blowing smoke about ease of use and system stability. The rest of the windows side lies, why should be trust another computer company.

    I guess I should be happy that I'm not apart of that world and that I should just drop this anger for these bad Apple imitators, but I can't. I just cant see how you can try and capitalize off a another company who's users you block from your site.

    I just hope that BuyMusic gets what's coming to them. Crash and burn, baby!
     
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    This thread reminds me:

    How do you look up to see what operating system the site uses?

    :rolleyes:

    The real question: What did we ever do to BuyMusic.com to make them feel so Windows-Pro?
     
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    DreaminDirector

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    King Cobra -

    My guess is that whenever someone rips off Apple, the Apple Hardcores go and troll around the site and see what kind of fire they can start. I mean, in reality, it was probably a group of Apple users checking out how bad the design and service was, then writing a bunch of Pro-Apple statements in BuyMusic's feedback column. That's just a guess, but that's what usually happens, doesn't it?

    We Apple users are fierce when it comes to loyality and we like to slash out at these bogus Apple rip offs. Is this a good thing? No. But it makes being a Mac user so much more fun. It's the camaraderie what we share when we find huge flaws in the world we dont need to deal with.

    Honestly, I had nothing against Buymusic until they copied Apple's commercial and banned anyone not using Windows.
     
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    idea_hamster

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    Nothing -- but they think that being anti-Mac will stir some sort of enthusiasm or loyalty because iTunes was Mac-only.

    Unfortunately, as has been the case in the past, anti-Mac turns out to be synonymous with anti-quality and anti-usabilty.

    Sadly, if buymusic.com's flimsy hay raft floats for long enough, windows users will come to think of it as "their alternative" to that other thing that Mac users have -- and never realize just how meagre their resources actually are.

    Again -- buy.com can phone me when their facial hair starts to come in.
     
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    idea_hamster

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    Exactly -- and that's the basic difference between Mac and windope users:

    They think it's some sort of competition; we know that there is no competition.
     
  25. macrumors member

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    Scott Blum

    I can't decide who's more pathetic - Scott Blum or Tommy Lee. Saw a picture of Scott and it made me sick... Looks like one of those annoying salesman, trying to sell you something you don't want.
     

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