“For the last several weeks I’ve been trying to use Real Networks’ Rhapsody subscription music service with one of SanDisk’s Sansa players. I knew there were problems, but I’ve been truly shocked at how crappy it is,” Leander Kahney reports for Wired News.
Kahney reports, “This isn’t news to anyone who’s tried to use one of the many devices based on Microsoft’s Playsforsure system, which even Microsoft has abandoned with the Zune. But for someone like me, a Mac user who rarely touches a Windows PC, the nightmare has been a revelation. I knew things on Windows could be bad, but Jeez … how do people put up with this stuff?”
MacDailyNews Take: Every time we touch a Windows PC, we ask the exactly same question. Ignorance truly is bliss.
Kahney continues, “To cut a long story short, every step has been a pain, from downloading new firmware for the player to updating the Windows’ underlying DRM software. And that was just to get it working. Once up and running, the first batch of tunes I downloaded generated nearly 10,000 errors. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I wish I’d taken a screenshot. Since then, the software has been dog slow and unpredictable. It’s constantly downloading tunes that I’m unable to sync to the device.”
Full article here.
Well, there’s a lovely review that would make any Real or SanDisk PR flack want to take the rest of the decade off. If you’re stupid enough to choose something like Real Networks’ Rhapsody subscription music service with a Sandisk Sansa player, you deserve the misery that befalls you. And much pity; really, how does one arrive at such a “decision” exactly? As we ask anyone who approaches us for help with their malware-clogged Dell’s running Windows (yes, it has actually happened), “Why didn’t you just buy a hammer and start whacking yourself in the face instead?”