and why you should, too.
This has been bouncing around the hopper for awhile, but thought it somewhat appropriate given today’s MacWorld announcement that iTunes Music Store would finally be dropping it’s Digital Rights Management on music.
For the past few months I have been getting my online music from Amazon. Their MP3 store offers most everything I’ve looked for – and the stuff I couldn’t find was pretty obscure.
At Amazon, I don’t have to download and install software to see what they have to offer. Everything is web based. I can’t install iTunes on Ubuntu, and don’t want to install it on Windows. Why should I have to install software to see if they’ve got that one song I’m trying to find?
At Amazon, each track is $.99 or less; many I’ve purchased have been 89 cents. I’ve always received a high quality MP3 file that I can copy or burn or convert to anywhere or anything I want.
But I think the coolest thing is the used CD selection also available through Amazon sellers. The MP3 store may offer an entire album for somewhere between 8 and 10 bucks. But if I’m looking for a used CD, I can get the actual CD shipped for less than $3, and so far they’ve been great quality. It’ll arrive in a few days, and I can rip it to whatever I want. This has been great for collecting music that isn’t brand new.
In addition, the Amazon MP3 downloader says it will automatically add new tracks to iTunes for you. So Apple’s finally eventually going to offer music files you can copy and do with what you want, and let you pay extra to convert your existing ones? Yay? Why bother?