Listen.com vs emusic.com
Has anybody tried both? I have tried neither (sorry) but it appears that Listen.com you are actually renting the music but emusic.com you are buying it (licensing it). Emusic.com gives you unprotected MP3s so you can do whatever you want with them. Burn a CD, put them on your iPod etc. The hope is that paying them $9.99 a month is far more convenient than trying to find them on the net for free.
I tried emusic.com first. Loved the idea, but had a real hard time finding the music i wanted.
I don't get it. From the looks of it, these places only offer stuff that I could just wander down to my local chain music store and pick up, if I wanted it. Maybe I was mistaken but I was under the impression most people downloaded music as a way to get stuff they *couldn't* just go to the mall and buy.
> Maybe I was mistaken but I was under the > impression most people downloaded music
Mark, you need some real counterfactual evidence to make that claim. Otherwise, there's a lot of sophisticated arguments pro and con at Slashdot and K5.
Peter J. Schoenster
I have been buying recorded music for more than 20 years. I have hundreds of albums and thousands of songs, most of it ripped to my hard drive. I'm not bragging, because I suspect there are lots of people like me, probably many with more than me. My point is that I can't really imagine wanting to spend $100 per year for the equivalent of internet radio.
I would definitely believe that at least 51% of Napster/Kazaa/etc. usage is to avoid paying. If they truly wanted to develop a service aimed at "trialing" music, they could simply facilitate the distribution of slightly "crippled" tracks (e.g., a message appended to the beginning, lower quality, ticks in the middle, etc.).
listen.com does not compete with kazaa and napster, whose purpose is to provide raw MP3s. Although I agree with earlier posters that the majority of Kazaa users would not be using it if they weren't getting tracks for free, my own goal is NOT to get free music. My goal is to have a substantial selection of music that I could legally download in a non-proprietary format. Moreover, I want individual tracks, not entire CDs.
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