The articles keep rocking and rolling in regarding BuyMusic.com and none of them are pretty. Here’s the latest from The Denver Post:
“Now that it is up and running, the verdicts on BuyMusic are broadbanding in, and results are mixed. The company gets credit for trying to shore up the cratering legal pop music trade with a massive song library and an easy-pay system. But like the Windows operating system itself years ago, BuyMusic.com arrives as a dumber rip-off of a beautifully executed Apple idea, frustrating users with its ugly graphics, disjointed presentation and clunky download-and-burn process,” writes Michael Booth for The Denver Post.
“Even the BuyMusic TV commercials are poor copies of Apple’s multi-ethnic solo singers enjoying their newly purchased songs against a pure white background. In another incomprehensible move, BuyMusic tapped as its public face the rock has-been Tommy Lee, who is more famous for a few minutes of non-face time on an explicit video than for any few minutes of brilliant song,” Booth writes.
Booth continues, “At first glance, Apple’s service looks like a fun and intuitive jukebox. BuyMusic looks like a bad version of Amazon, somehow crammed with both too much information and too little at the same time. And yes, one critic hit the mark with the comment that the graphics were designed by ‘monkeys strapped to chairs and forced to stare at the awful color scheme of Windows XP.'”
“Most confusing and frustrating is the legalese attached to burn rights: Apple says you can have 10 burns of each song, and an unlimited number more if you just mix the playlist a little. BuyMusic’s rights range from only three burns of each song, by Matchbox Twenty, for example, to five for Audioslave, to 10 for Kelly Clarkson and an unlimited total for Ashanti. Try to keep track of all that in your busy life,” Booth writes.
Full article here.