iTunes Accounts for 28 Percent of U.S. Music Sales, Amazon Catches up to Walmart

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popstop785

The reason I don't use Zune Marketplace is because they screwed up on my account. They seem to think my account is underage when it is attached to my XBL account which, since is was created years ago, has been of age for all videos. Even though months before the problem arose, I had no problem downloading any videos. 

 I called support once as directed and they didn't seem to understand what the problem was. That was over a year ago and I have since tossed in the towel on Zune. Maybe they have changed, maybe they haven't... I'm not motivated enough to find out at this point. Maybe one day. . .

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lunchbox73

What is a CD? Sounds familiar....

I pay $15 a month for my Zune pass. Unlimited downloads/streams and 10 songs a month to keep forever even if I cancel my subscription. Your move Apple.

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mjfutures

I was just about to put the same comment.

 Zune @ 15 month, unlimited downloads/streams, use on multiple PCs, xbox 360, and 10 songs free per month to keep forever and play on any device. 

hopefully Zune can pick up some momentum....the avgerage person with little tech interest only knows ipod though. 

 

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lunchbox73

I dunno, Zune has been around for almost 4 years and it seems 9 out of 10 people give me a blank stare when I say Zune.

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bskoreyko

If Zune were out in Canada there would be a ton of people using it over iTunes... (the device is out here but no online service, yet).

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popstop785

Apple seems to be very proprietary in my opinion. They want you to use their products and their accessories only. That is why I prefer a music service such as Rhapsody. I can put it on 3 PCs and 3 devices(Sansa, iPhone, etc.) with unlimited music for a monthly fee. And if I want to buy a song or two I can buy it in MP3 format with no DRM BS or specific player to play it. Now I am not sure how iTunes works these days but I remember that store/app/program to be very "Apple Only" and that was a huge turn off for me. 

Simple people may be okay with Plug n go Apple stuff, but I am not. I LOVE choices and options. I don't like a company to force things down my throat. My Sansa 8gb MP3 player is nice because I can take a cd, rip it, then literally drop and drag the songs I wish to add. I don't need a program designed to do it (like you have to use iTunes to get anything off a iPhone to a PC... the sync time sucks).

 I like choices, Apple refuses to give them. Therefore, I will hate Apple until they stop being so proprietary and learn the definition of Freedom.

 

 

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bskoreyko

In order to use Apple downloaded music you require the following:

  1. iTunes (duh, but you need either a PC or a MAC)
  2. iPod/iTouch/iPhone (play your music on the go)
  3. FM transmitter or After Market car stereo deck with iPod/USB in (most newer cars come with this built in)
  4. Apple Sound Dock, various brands which allows you to use your iPod/iTouch/iPhone like a stereo
  5. Apple Sound Bridge (Harmon Kardon includes this with their high end receivers)

Anyway my point to this comment is that in order to play music on the go, in my car or in my home on my home theater system I have to buy at least 3 different devices compatible with the proprietary format Apple distributes their digital downloads in... NOW I don't mind that the record companies like Apple for protecting the music/videos/etc BUT if I buy the song I shouldn't have to buy every STUPID APPLE device out there to play it where I want when I want!!!

I think there is a huge market that record companies are missing out on because of this, there are a lot of people who don't buy Apple products for many reasons and my above comment is probably one of them. While Apple products are cool and very flashy they are over priced and locked down...

Anyone who wants to argue other wise is a Apple Fan Boy or Fan Girl... When I went to Digital Media Arts school we learned Adobe CS on MACS and it was sweet but the PC worked just as well and cost much less (usually half the price - oh and don't give me that VIRUS CRAP EITHER... MACS can get VIRUSES but are less likely to...).

Thanks, that's my rant for the day :)

Brendan Skoreyko
http://www.yourtechies.ca
http://www.yourhostingpro.ca
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aviaggio

Wait, people pay for music?

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Keith E. Whisman

You took the words right out of my mouth. 

WWW.ThePirateBay.org  doesn't seem to charge anything for their music. I'll keep shopping at the pirate bay. 

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