“Gone are the days of having to buy a music album to get one good song – and of having to traipse to a music shop to do so,” Danny Gorog writes for The Herald Sun. “Online music stores have taken off in the past year, thanks in no small part to Apple’s iTunes Music Store, and the music industry execs they persuaded to allow legal internet music downloads.”
“The first on the market with a music store was Apple and, by most accounts, including my own experience, it is by far the best. But the iTunes Music Store has been under pressure lately, mainly from Real, Sony and Microsoft. The main differences between these stores is compatibility with different MP3 players,” Gorog writes.
“The biggest advantage of iTunes, apart from ease of use, is that it supports iPod. Real also supports iPod, but I would be wary of buying from Real, for a couple of reasons. Real has backward-engineered compatibility with iPod, so at any stage Apple could break this compatibility and you will have paid for music that no longer plays on your iPod,” Gorog writes. “And, Apple has a larger selection of music then Real.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We agree. Why buy from Real when you can just fire up iTunes? Why worry about your songs ceasing to play in your iPod? And, how many stores do we need when they’re all selling pretty much the same thing at the same price anyway? We’ll stick with the best, iTunes, and watch the rest of the pack fight each other to death over Apple’s table scraps. Market forces will clear the dreck away eventually.