What's Wrong With Digital Music Stores?

By on September 3, 2004, 2:44 PM
An insightful story went up this morning at PC World detailing some of the major shortcomings seen on today's digital music stores. The writer seems to believe high prices is perhaps the first thing that should be changed, taking for example Real's success when it cut prices by half and reportedly sold 1 million songs during its first week, the offer is for a limited time though.

On a related story, Apple who holds the popularity crown with its iTunes store sounded off earlier this week regarding MSN's new Music download service, saying it has fewer features and fewer songs than the market-leading iTunes.

Finally I was left wondering how your perception of buying music online has changed over the past few months, earlier this year we put up a poll asking you about Online music services, these were the results:

* Will never buy music online
46% - 114 votes
* Haven't considered the possibility
34% - 84 votes
* Plan to buy music online soon
9% - 23 votes
* Tried the service with a few songs
7% - 18 votes
* Bought many songs already
4% - 10 votes

How has this changed for you? Not much? Or perhaps you are now a regular music downloader/buyer? Please post in the comments section.

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Unregistered said:
I use this site [url]www.allofmp3.com[/url]Its great and cheap at about 5cents per song. :)
Phantasm66 said:
As opposed to using Kazaa, which is 0 cents per song.
Julio said:
Limitations enforced by DRM have for the most part taken away my interest in buying through online music stores.
Phantasm66 said:
I'd rather pay some sort of fixed fee every month to download whatever the hell I like. I'd even pay well for this - my ISP could even manage the fee collection. Pigs may indeed also fly some time in the future as well.
erickdj said:
DRM really sucks, I'll stick to the fee method. I currently own dozens of retail cd's and will continue to buy retail cd's whenever I see a cd that's worth my money.[COLOR=red]- Watch your language on these forumsDidou[/COLOR]
young&wild said:
I rather buy worthy cds than mp3s from online music stores.
---agissi--- said:
Same, when you buy a CD you get the physical CD, and the mp3s.When you buy it from the online store, you only get the mp3s, but I suppose u could burn the cd, but why u can get by with the cd without having to burn it..
Schmapdi said:
I agree, the thought of not actually owning any of my favorite albums is unappealing. A burned copy just isn't the same thing. I've never used an online music store though, do they give you that art to print out liner notes and whatnot? Also, I'm not the type to just want a single song, and I suspect this makes up the majority of I-tunes and the what-nots sales. Just make real cd's a flat 10 bucks.
shnig said:
Also The audio quality is much less when buing music then it is for cds.
Didou said:
As I've never purchased any songs online I have a question : do you get to choose the quality of the file you purchase ( 192kbs, 256kbs, variable bit rate, etc.) ?& if yes, I suppose it's the same price for whichever quality.;)
shnig said:
Im not sure but I have heard that itunes sold them at 128kbps which is just crazy give me a cd any day.
ursamajoran said:
I also like [url]http://www.allofmp3.com/[/url] . From their siteOnline Encoding was created and implemented as a unique technology for providing our users with high quality audio files in the format and bit rate of their choice. Of course, this type of technology is very costly, so we must charge.. However, we've found several technological solutions that allow us to provide our service for a minimal price.Online Encoding enables you to get music in the format (MPEG-1 Layer 3 - MP3, Windows Media Audio - WMA, Ogg Vorbis - OGG, MusePack - MPC, MPEG-4 AAC, etc.) and quality you prefer. The large assortment of encoding formats and bit rates can satisfy any userWith the mp3 format, three quality settings are available: low quality (128 kbps), high quality (192 kbps), and CD quality (320 kbps).Basic mp3 rate is a penny per megabyte. Throw in no worries of virii and or spoofed tracks and it's better than free. Sometimes the servers get tied up with too much traffic and it's hard to get through. My connection is 135kbp/s but with an accelerator (Star Downloader) I am getting 165kbp/s
MrGaribaldi said:
Hmm, maybe I should take a closer look at that allofmp3.comAs I can choose to buy the music in plain mp3's, there will be no DRM (very good thing!) and that I even get to choose up to 320kbps makes it very tempting.
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