Details emerge regarding ‘Dell Online Music Store’ – it’s MusicMatch

It’s looking like the rumored “Dell Music Store” is nothing more than a rebranded version of MusicMatch’s online music store to go along with its Dell DJ iPod knock-off in Michael Dell’s quest for an integrated approach to music like Apple’s. MusicMatch’s online music store? Hey, MusicMatch had to do something as they’re about to get kicked off the iPod bandwagon by Steve and Co. sooner than later. Now, this isn’t some weak BuyMusic.com deal, as it’ll be the “the first Windows-based service in the United States to have a song store built directly into the software used to play the music”

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  1. Amazing. WMA. What a frickin’ joke.

    Only when these services are no longer designed and run by geeks who are more concerned with control than quality will they be able to compete with iTMS.

    WMA. What will those idiots think of next?

  2. Let’s hope Windows iTunes has a user experience close to what we enjoy. Maybe Apple can show the WinDell world the user experience we enjoy every day and that maybe it’s time to switch and get the whole enchilada.

  3. If QuickTime is any guide, MS will do everything it can to make iTunes suck eggs on Windoze. There’s only so much Apple can do here. I wonder if they will restrict iTunes for Windows to only Windows XP? The Dell DJ/MusicMatch thing won’t measure up to iPod/iTunes, but people buy Windows, so they’ll buy something else they think is “good enough.” Sad, but true. For me, life’s too short not to have the best.

  4. I expect iMS will be XP-only: after all it doesn’t run on OS 9.

    I’ve heard that QT on Windows isn’t as good as on Mac, although I don’t know the specific complaints. Is there reason to believe that QT’s problems are MS’s fault?

  5. Quicktime on Windoze. Baffles the shit out of me. I have the latest computer with Win2000 Pro and I cannot view movies or previews that are strictly Quicktime 6 (Matrix Revolutions). I currently use Quicktime 5 (it works most of the time). Mind you I work for the City Government.

  6. Are you fu*king kidding me j/b Emusic is nice (the only reason why I’m saying this is because I feel sorry for artists) but don’t lie to your self…iTunes is the best thing out there.

  7. WMA. What will those idiots think of next

    There is no other format you can license that has DRM technologies. Plus it is most likely to be compatible with different music players. Besides, in tests WMA and AAC is pretty much close to eachother as far as quality goes. (and ogg/vorbis came out as the best)

  8. Are you fu*king kidding me j/b Emusic is nice (the only reason why I’m saying this is because I feel sorry for artists) but don’t lie to your self…iTunes is the best thing out there.

    He said the model of emusic is better. He is right, in emusic you can really do anything you want with the music. Use it on multiple computers, multiple platforms, multiple portable music players. emusic offers the most compatibility and freedom of all online music stores. Too bad they have less music.

  9. “Apple seems to have the AAC market locked up”.

    What do they mean by that ? AAC is an open standard. There would be nihing to stop them using AAC instead of WMA. The new Nokia mobile phone supports MP3 and AAC. No mention of WMA.

  10. The model of eMusic is nice, I’ve been a subscriber but I’m afraid that’s what’s keeping the big 5 out of their reach.
    I’ve cancelled my subscribition and am waiting for iTMS Europe. But it’s gonna be a long wait.
    And yes, AAC kicks eMusic mp3 a��!

  11. What do they mean by that ? AAC is an open standard. There would be nihing to stop them using AAC instead of WMA. The new Nokia mobile phone supports MP3 and AAC. No mention of WMA.

    AAC may be a standard, but Fairplay Apples DRM technology is not a standard, nor is it licensable. So the new Nokia mobile phones, will support the AACs you rip from a cd, but won’t play the AACs you buy from iTMS.

  12. The problem is that if the content providers start creaming in the money from WMA, they could pull Apple’s license to distribute through the AAC format, essentially killing the open standard (and the iPod). Once the market settles, if Apple and AAC have more than a third of online sales, iTMS and iPod sales will be self-sustaining. But, as we’ve seen in the past, MS can be VERY persuasive when it comes to getting it’s products adopted.

    iTMS needs to go both international and to Windows quickly. The WMA services are open in Europe already, giving MS a head start, and Media Player 9 for Mac has already been confirmed. Mac users don’t want to use it, but if WMA sales do well, the record companies could be persuaded by MS that they will do. That will kill AAC, and WMA will be left as our only option.

  13. Calm down boys. In an age of p2p i dont think anyone is gonna stick up the music market in future – that is the whole point of iTMS and the way it has been setup. M$ will find it hard to dominate such a truly open market.

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