launches; founder says Steve Jobs ‘a visionary, but he’s on the wrong platform’

“A new Internet music download site for PCs debuting Tuesday boasts the cheapest per-song rates yet but many of the same restrictions on copying that have stymied wider use of other music services,” Alex Veiga reports for Associated Press. “Although online retailer will offer a catalog of more than 300,000 songs from the five major record labels, users of the service will not necessarily have the freedom afforded customers of Apple Inc.’s iTunes service to transfer the music purchased to multiple computers and portable devices, or to burn it to compact discs.”

Windows Media Player 9 (not available for Macintosh) is required to buy music on

“BuyMusic hopes to score the sort of attention that helped drive sales for Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store since its launch April 28. BuyMusic founder Scott Blum called Apple CEO Steve Jobs ‘a visionary, but he’s on the wrong platform.’ While Apple users constitute about 3 percent of the personal computer market, BuyMusic is targeting the 97 percent of people with PCs.”

“BuyMusic is charging 70 cents for individual song downloads — 9 cents lower than MusicNow, which previously had the lowest per song price. It’s also undercutting competitors’ price for a full album download at $7.95. The iTunes’ service charges $9.99 for most full albums. BuyMusic downloads are in Microsoft’s Windows Media format,” Veiga reports.

“Still, BuyMusic suffers from some of the same licensing drawbacks that the other PC-based digital music retailers have. Jobs secured uniform licensing deals from all the record companies that allow all iTunes songs to be burned onto CD an unlimited amount of times, save for a restriction for making multiple CDs with the exact song lists. All songs on iTunes can also be transferred to up to three different computers and to the iPod, a portable digital music player. Blum was not able to obtain uniform licensing rights from the record labels and artists. As a result, different songs on BuyMusic have different restrictions for how often, if at all, they may be burned onto CDs or copied to other PCs or portable music devices,” Veiga reports.

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  1. Well that’s a load of cr*p then isn’t it.

    When will the record companies learn that when we buy some music, be it on an album, or from a website, we want to be able to copy it as many times as we like onto any media we like.

    When you buy a record you aren’t stopped from recording it onto tape as many times as you like, and that record will last for years and years, so what’s the big deal with an mp3 ?

    If I like the sound of one mp3, downloaded for free, I will go out and buy the CD, and make my own mp3’s from it. if I could buy mp3’s from Apple Europe I would buy them…Thus saving me the trouble of having to go out and buy CD’s.

    I don’t care how I buy my music, as long as I have the freedom to do with it what I choose.

    The billions of billions of dollars/pounds the music industry harps on about it losing because of pirates is just managment bullsh*t.

    If they want to sell more records and make more money they should stop stiffing us all by charging so much for an album. If they halved the price of an album I bet sales would leap 100’s of percent.

    end of rant

  2. Well, the songs should be cheaper. After all, they are in the arcane, useless Windows Media format. This thing will bomb, bomb, bomb. “300,000 songs”? Yeah, if you want Tommy Lee’s solo crap. What a waste of cyberspace.

  3. Apple’s iTunes Music Store has nothing to worry about. Songs in a poorer quality with strange and inconsistent limitations is no bargain at any price.

  4. Man, that’s the best laugh I’ve had in months! They spent $40 million on this concept? BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

    I think it’s safe to say that Apple has nothing to worry about.

  5. HA! What a freaking over-hyped JOKE! On BuyMusic, the Coldplay CD is $13.59, yet comes with many restrictions, like 1 download, 3 transfers and 3 burns. For $9.99 at the ITMS, you get FAR fewer restrictions and a better media format. For $13.59, I could go to my nearby Indie CD store and buy the freaking CD, how is this any kind of DEAL?

    I also find it funny that I wasn’t able to use Mozilla Firebird to view the site, getting a “In order to take full advantage of’s offerings you must be on a Windows Operating System using Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher.” message when connecting.

    Oh sure, they have Radiohead, and the ITMS doesn’t, but with all the WM format restrictions, I don’t see that as an advantage over the ITMS.

    Looking over the prices, I see FAR more CDs for a good deal MORE than Apple’s $9.99 and most tracks priced at $.99.

    None of this surprises me of course. Rock on Apple.

  6. Wow. Lots of clueless responses here. That’s a shame because your comments may very well come back to haunt you.

    So I downloaded a single song from The quality is excellent. The limitations are a non-worry. The compatibility is much better than that offered by Apple. In other words, Apple DOES have something to worry about, as it’s also compatible with the 97 percent of the PC users out there, not the 1 percent (or less) who have OS X.

    I like iTunes better. But already has more music, cheaper prices, better quality, better compatibility, and a much, much wider audience.

    Time for a wake-up call, Aryugaetu and Nuclear Kid. The party is over.

  7. Uhhh, Paul, WMA is hardly a standard format, on top of that, the songs don’t work with the iPod which is the LEADING PORTABLE music player…I don’t know about you, but the whole point of digital is portability. BuyMusic is shooting itself in the foot by not allowing it to work with the iPod. Get a clue…

  8. Everyone knows that PC users are a bunch of cheap ass mo-fos that don’t want to pay for anything that they an STEAL for free!


    You Wintel idiots are the ones who need to get a clue!

  9. Christ, you couldn’t pay me to buy music in WMA. On a delusional whim about 2 years ago, I decided to save space on my windows tower by converting my collection to WMA. Sure, its smaller, but it now sounds like hell and I can’t play any of the songs on my macs. Great, just great…

    If doesn’t sell in MP3 format, or something equivalent, people just aren’t going to buy it. Apple got away with the change to AAC because they could claim better quality and they could throw around the Dolby name. What is going to do, claim that MS makes good audio? haha.

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