Just wondering while i agree with the previous post that I want to maintain ownership in the future, do we maintain rights to the song even say 5 years down the road if Apple were to crumble and the iTunes music store were to digitally burn to the ground?Fender2112 said:I think the headline is a bit off. I think Apple is listening very closely. What they hear is that customers want to own their music. I am pretty sure Apple keeps an ear tuned in to market trends and fads. Analysts of all sorts are saying Apple should offer a subscription service or open Fair Tunes or do this and do that. The reality it that Apple controls the market with it's service and products. Their business model is working very well. So why change? There's and old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Should Apple need to fix something, I'm pretty sure they have all the tools they need.
I'm sure Apple pays close attention to it's competion and should things change, Apple will take appropriate action. I think in the end the record companies will have to come to an agreement as to which standards and formats to support. I also feel that there is room for both subscription and purchase services. Each model has it's pros and cons and appeal to different people. But, for now it's a dog fight and Apple happens to be the Big Dog.
To be fair, piracy will ALWAYS be cheaper than ANY price. And dishonest people will always exist. Piracy isn't proof of unfair pricing.sjk said:
Because there are a lot of lazy b*tches out there that get hard from P2P 'cause it makes'em feel like Billy Badass for getting something w/o paying for it?sjk said:
A lot of this is from people (especially students and children) who won't be buying much music, no matter what the price.sjk said:
Which is piracy. Not an option if you care about right and wrong.AtHomeBoy_2000 said:My version of Music Renting.....
Go to Library
Check out CDs
Rip to Computer
Total Cost.... $0
So as well as OS X leading a double life, iTunes is leading a double life.shamino said:WRT Apple's plans, I'm pretty certain that they are developing a subscription service, which they will keep waiting in the wings, ready to be deployed on short notice.
That is interesting. As much as Steve has spoken out against subscriptions and as much as I agree with him, they're apparently hedging their bets.shamino said:You may remember a few months ago when someone stumbled across a URL for an iTunes subscription page. I think the link may have even been posted to MacBytes. Within an hour, Apple eliminated the page.
Fortunately, I don't think anybody is talking about subscriptions instead of purchases. Real and Yahoo both allow purchases (subject to various annoying DRM restrictions), and offer a (slight) discount to those who have subscriptions.thequicksilver said:I would welcome it into the iTunes stable alongside music purchase, but certainly not instead of.