“Consumers may not be getting what they think when they pay to download music… Among the first pay music services were Apple’s iTunes and Napster 2.0. Most of these services sell songs for about $1 each,” David Canton writes for The London Free Press. “These legitimate paid download sites are not always what they seem to be. Although consumers often assume they are buying unlimited rights to use of the file, they are not.”
Canton writes, “For example, the Napster and MusicMatch stores let its customers transfer the songs they buy up to three times. This means that files can only be stored on three computers before the licence expires and they can be copied no more. The new version of iPod allows five copies. After those set number of uses, consumers will have to purchase the file again should they wish to move the file to a different computer.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: David Canton has gotten a little confused on this whole thing. Where David wrote, “The new version of iPod allows five copies,” we believe he meant “songs purchased from Apple’s iTunes Music Store allows up to five Mac
and Windows PCs to play the songs.” You can listen to the songs on an unlimited number of iPods. Hey, it is confusing when you’re used to buying a physical CD and now there seems to be all of these new limits. We’ll ignore the also-rans like Napster and MusicMatch, as we do when we purchase music for our iPods, and concentrate on Apple’s iTunes Music Store usage:
The iTunes Music Store lets you choose from a library of over 1 million songs currently. You can purchase and download the music you want for 99