“Friendly user interfaces, speedy downloads, consistent quality – online music stores are becoming better than the P2P networks that inspired them. They don’t have every song ever made, but hey, the tunes are legal,” Paul Boutin begins his look at some legal online music services.
Boutin’s take on Apple’s iTunes Music Store:
iTunes owns 70 percent of the online music store market for good reasons: It has innovative features, an interface that’s stylish without being gaudy, and rock-solid stability. The downside? Apple’s iPods start at a budget-busting $249. If you want to use iTunes tracks with a Rio, a Nomad, or something cheaper, you’ll need to figure out a way to convert songs from Apple’s protected AAC format to MP3. Wasn’t convenience the whole idea?
WIRED: Slick, smart interface. Tight integration with iPod. Lots of extras – Billboard charts, audiobooks, exclusive tracks.
TIRED: Difficult to use with non-Apple portable players. Annoying cult-of-Mac aura.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Boutin asks, “wasn’t convenience the whole idea?” No, Paul, the whole idea was to sell iPods and it’s working quite well, too. Then Boutin slides in his “annoying cult-of-Mac aura” comment as if it means something (perhaps it only means something to him) and uses it as basically his only con against the iTMS (we’ve already explained that the iTMS exists to serve iPod users, not users of lesser products). What do you think Boutin meant by “annoying cult-of-Mac aura?”