MusicMatch vs. ITMS

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Vector, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. Vector macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2002

    I just saw this article about musicmatch's new service and it could be a challenge to the windows version of itms once it is released. The service has nearly the same exact pricing and distibution models as the itms. All songs -over 200,000- are .99 each and have reasonable digital rights managment. The sevice does not require any subscription either.
  2. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    i still think apple will have the best, because of their control of it and use of aac instead of windows media player. they can control the drm and make it as reasonable as the mac version. honestly with the music ive downloaded i have never seen the drm. i cliked a cd, said buy. it downloaded and i listened to it, i plugged my ipod in and it went straight to it i have a feeling nobody will be able to match that ease of use with the use of wmp and microsoft. guess we will wait and see.

  3. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    does anyone know...for the numbers just how many songs are on itms now? would be nice to have a ticker of some sort...

    and also how many downloads now?
  4. Vector thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2002
    I believe the last reported totals were over 250,000 songs and over 10 mil downloads which apple claimed in an early september press release.
  5. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000


    Dec 9, 2001
    State of Denial
    Did they say 250,000? I don't demeber thay (please excuse the bad typing... i'm one hand down w/a sprained wrist in a splint), but I'd think, given how many they add each week, they'd ahve more by now. Go to the "Just added" section for this week... there's a ton (including some bands that don't actually exist, such as Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes... think Star Wars Cantina)
  6. rueyeet macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2003
    It looks like MusicMatch beat Apple to Windows with an iTMS-like solution. BuyMusic doesn't count in its current incarnation, though it seems like all of its confusing BS will get fixed too. So once again, it'll come down to which format or software you prefer.

    Personally, I'll take iTunes over MusicMatch, having used both, and I'll take the iPod over ANYTHING else. I also wouldn't touch anything in the WMA format with a ten-foot pole, especially with DRM added. But I suspect that a lot of Windows folks who use WMA and MusicMatch already won't ever need to look at iTMS for Windows now.
  7. alia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    Well... MusicMatch still uses Windows Media format, so it won't be seeing any of my business. The ipod doesn't support Windows Media format, and I wouldn't install 9 on my machine even if it did. Microsoft's licensig agreement for that application is insane.

  8. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    With the millions of ipods selling like furbies, why on earth are there still companies pushing the WMA format? People with ipods aren't going to buy it.

    If you want to compete with Apple you have to release an AAC format. People are not going to stop buying the iPod for your $1 song downloads.
  9. mac15 macrumors 68040

    Dec 29, 2001
    But say if Microsofts WMA9 was rectified as an industry standard wouldn't Apple have but no choice to support the format in QT? Since they follow the industry and with M$ pushing the format anythings possible
  10. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    i think realistically AAC has already dominated the main market, Apple has magic when it comes to quicktime, it's always above and beyond the others... Real and MS have tried to compete, and they've gained some ground, but especially as people learn more about digital restraints, the wind will blow the way of aac...

  11. mac15 macrumors 68040

    Dec 29, 2001

    Yeah but with many MAJOR music services using the format and M$ themselves trying to push it into Hollywood. I'm sure its only a matter of time before something this bad could happen. I don't see Jobs saying yes we support but what if the inevitable happened?
  12. Heltik macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2002
    Microsoft trying to push Windows media player into Hollywood? Surely that would require the kind of pro-level compression promised by Pixlet? With Steve Jobs already having a foot in the door, so to speak, with Pixar, isn't that set to become the next standard for video compression?

    Besides, who uses a PC for creative work?

    And does anyone have any updated news on Pixlet at all?


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