Correct me if I'm wrong, but from looking at the site, it appears to be all less than mainstream music, so perhaps those labels are artists are willing to offer music without the DRM. If I was a small band or independent label, I would be happy for any exposure and the ability to make any money.Mudbug said:I think I hear the RIAA saddling up the horses.
Right now, the article says they have no major labels signed up for the service, just independent artists. I don't think the RIAA will care about that. If any major label does sign up though, there will most certainly have to be some DRM added.Mudbug said:I think I hear the RIAA saddling up the horses.
We are talking about a website here, not a PC or Mac-specific application. There is no "switching" involved at all. Maybe you should take a look at the site first before blabbing away like that.rtdgoldfish said:...I won't be switching to it and I don't think there is a Mac version anyway.
you might want to start hating the itune music store because it pretty much a copy of mp3.com and a few even older ones. I also might like to point out that apple does some of the most blanted coping out there. Thank you and have a a nice day.montex said:Is it just me, or does this web site look just like iTunes? It's obviously a shameless copy. And if all you can do is copy, why not go with the original?
Did I mention that I hate copy-cats?
What they need is a downloader helper application. All of the other music services (Think emusic.com or allofmp3.com) have helper apps, but not always for the Mac. These programs usually facilitate the process of downloading the files and importing them to iTunes, making it almost painless Actually, this site reminds me a lot ofbillyboy said:Speaking from experience of having just bought something, it is OK up to the point of buying something, then to be honest, the ease of use wheels fall off compared to iTunes. I really dont want to have to listen to the track I bought as it downloads, then save as in Safari, then move it across into iTunes. But oh well, I suppose that is the advantage of Apple controlling everything. Maybe Apple could buy them up and have them as a subfolder so to speak for direct iTunes integration?!
The music seems interesting though, and you have permanent access to music you bought in case of wipe outs on your hard drive. So, 330,000 tracks, and sort of iTunesy, but it would be the selection of music that generates the traffic, not non DRM for 10 cents less than Apple's more mainstream selection.
iTMS doesn't look anything like mp3.comTimelessblur said:you might want to start hating the itune music store because it pretty much a copy of mp3.com and a few even older ones. I also might like to point out that apple does some of the most blanted coping out there. Thank you and have a a nice day.
Can anyone say, boot legging. DRMs only let you burn the CD so many times. Where as with this service, you can boot leg as many CDs as you want. Plus, when someone comes over and says hey, I want that song so send it to me. Well I can't because that will use up one of my client licenses, only 5 with iTunes. But with non DRM, yeah, everyone that comes over can take it home with them. What does this mean, the artist just lost about 5 to 10 people. Multiply that a person sold 10,000 songs, low end it with 5 given away, lost sales for 50,000 songs, about 10% ($0.10) goes to the artist, lost income for artist = $5,000 at the low end. Now, do you think major music people are willing to loose money, which would probably be a whole lot more songs being sold. I think not.Paul O'Keefe said:I doubt I'll use the service (I don't download music), but he's got a point about doing what you want with what you buy. Sharing songs is not illegal (at least not in Canada).
DRM versions of songs don't stop non-DRM versions from being shared everywhere. So if someone buys songs without DRM they've already shown they are willing to legally pay for downloaded songs. Why would they share if they've already made the principled stand to go the legal route. They could have just as easily downloaded pirated songs if they wanted to do that.
Funny though how when we were young we were taught that sharing is good.
Helper apps are good but only up to a point. They must not be required. If it can all work with only a website and downloaded files, you don't even have to worry about computer OS (as long as it can browse a website and download files) and playback device compatibility (as long as said device can play MP3 files).nsb3000 said:What they need is a downloader helper application. All of the other music services (Think emusic.com or allofmp3.com) have helper apps, but not always for the Mac. These programs usually facilitate the process of downloading the files and importing them to iTunes, making it almost painless
They're not copying iTunes. They have "Top Albums" listed first in the right hand side and "Top Songs" listed below it. iTunes lists those completely differently!varmit said:Can anyone say, iTunes wanabe. I mean, that completely trying to look like the iTunes music store. And they state they are disabling the search feature because its to much for the servers to take, wow.
This point has been brought up many times in this thread already. It's a good point, but you guys have to remember that this store's offerings are nothing close to mainstream. This is a whole different universe of music (I'm not saying it's better or worse than it's commercial, mainstream counterpart), not only from a popularity standpoint, but especially because these artists have contracts with very small labels. Sure, there are largely unknown artists in iTunes, but they *are* being backed up by wealthier record companies. Just look at the power Indie labels have in Europe... Their music was posted in the pan-european iTMS with a huge delay thanks to contract-related divergencies...gekko513 said:I think this could be a good thing, even if they don't sell any music from the big labels. It does put some more pressure on the labels that demand this restrictive DRM. If a lot of people started buying from these guys then the labels would have to follow.