For all of you Windows users out there that want to actually pay for your downloaded music, I hope iTunes for Windows comes sooner than later.
iTunes is flawless for me. I am one of the people out there that want to pay my fair share. I want the artists to make more and more music. I have no beef with them. I actually have no beef with the record companies either. But a lot of people do and feel that it is ok to download music for free (read: steal) because the big bad record companies take most of the money and the artists see very little anyway. So “screw the Man!” I guess that’s what a ton of people think. Well, let your conscience be your guide, but I think it is extremely simple – you are thieves. Like it or not, things cost money. Period.
So iTunes lets me buy music how I want to; by song or by entire CD. If there are more than 1 or 2 decent songs on a CD I buy it. If not I just buy the songs that I think are good. Supposedly, there are artists out there that are unhappy with the option for me to buy just a single song. They feel that it takes away from the entire flow and experience. To that I say “bull!” Consider our ability to buy just the “good” songs your incentive to create something that does not have 1 good song on it and the rest are filler. You know you’ve had this happen over the years. I have tons of CDs that have 1 or 2 decent songs on them and the rest are complete crap. Now I can do something about it. Legally.
But I could only do it on the Mac, until last week. Buy.com came out with their competitor to iTunes called BuyMusic.com. I checked it out (while I could, more on this in a minute) and it looked so much like iTunes that I couldn’t believe that it was legal. Then I saw the commercials on the site that are exact duplicates of the Apple iTunes TV commercials. Is there really no unique thought left in this world? Tommy Lee is their spokesperson. I always liked Tommy Lee. His ad is pretty good and is worth watching. The others are just insulting.
Now, back to the “while I could” comment. BuyMusic,com will now redirect you to a new page if you are not running Internet Explorer on a Windows operating system that basically says “sorry, you need Windows and Internet Explorer to use this site.” Plus, their music is only WMA files and requires Windows Media Player 9. You can’t use the downloaded music on an iPod. An iPod! They have effectively shut out 50% of the portable music player market. Not even MP3. Brilliant.
You can find out enough about how poorly BuyMusic is being received by doing your own searching on the net, but I have been meaning to bring up that they went live. I hope the bad experience that the Windows users are having with BuyMusic.com doesn’t put a bad taste in their mouthes for purchasing music online, because I think they will really appreciate how well Apple pulls it off when they release iTunes for Windows later this year.