Which online music service is the best?

By neil_ski ยท 5 replies
Apr 10, 2007
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  1. Hey folks
    I bought myself a Sandisk MP3 player recently. It came with a free 1 month subscription th Rhapsody.

    I Recently fired up my player to listen to some music. It wouldn't play the songs that I had downloaded from (C)Rhapsody and gave me a message saying that I needed to reauthorize my license for the songs. I had to hook up to the Rhapsody program and screw around until it worked.

    This sucks. Are there other services that just plain give you a music file without the added license BS? (One that's legal!) I hate the stupid strings that they attach.

  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Apple announced last week or so that they would sell songs from EMI Record Label DRM free, and this week Microsoft said they'd do the same (iTunes and Zune music store respectively).

    So you could limit yourself to those. Or you could download DRM'd files legally and burn to CD then rip to mp3 to remove the DRM. Or you could order from some Russian site and hope your credit card info is safe.

    PS - Nice job with the bold tags.
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I recommend eMusic myself. Good quality songs (VBR encoding) & no DRM. It's mostly independent labels that work with eMusic but that's just fine with me. :)
  4. neil_ski

    neil_ski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Yea yea I know.
    Thanks for the tips. The Rhapsody people told me the same thing about burning the songs onto a disc. I don't know what the deal is but I haven't been able to get the burn function to work yet. Ugh!

  5. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Personally I dont use any Online music service... They push too much DRM which only makes it harder to actually listen to any music without spending 50 hours filling out forums saying you wont Copy right any of this stuff, BitTorrent is better anyways ;)
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    The online music stores I use sell new or secondhand CDs. I can then rip them to FLAC or whatever I want, so far I haven't encountered any working copy protection systems in them.

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