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Apple to offer cheap online music

Discussion in 'General' started by GreatOldOne, 29 Apr 2003.

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Apple offers music for 99c per download, No subscription. Will you use the service?

  1. Yes, Seems like a fair price. I'm deleting Kazaa Now...

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  2. Yes, but only if I can't find the song I want anywhere else

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  3. No, Because Apple are involved. I would if it where some other company

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  4. No, Because I always buy my music on CD

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  5. Why should I when I can get it for free?

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  1. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    Apple boss Steve Jobs unveiled the music service Apple Computer has said it will give its customers the chance to download music for 99 cents (62p) per song, without subscription fees.

    Apple said on Monday the online store will offer some 200,000 songs from music giants BMG, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal and Warner.

    Customers can download songs from artists such as U2, Eminem, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow and Sting.

    The move comes after weeks of speculation the computer giant would go into the controversial online music business.

    Rumours that Apple would take over the entertainment giant Universal Music to make this venture easier have been circulating for awhile, but so far Apple said it has made no offer for Vivendi Universal's music unit.


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2983767.stm
     
  2. Atomic

    Atomic Gerwaff

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    I'd only think about this if they were gonna allow you to choose a format to download it in. I'm not happy with HAVING to use AAC audio format...

    Like the new iPod though :D
     
  3. MadSkunkBurner

    MadSkunkBurner What's a Dremel?

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    Pfff - are they having a laugh?

    If you wanted a 12 track album then thats 12x62p=£7.44
    Plus your media etc...

    I for one would rather pop to HMV and look through the bargain bucket and find it cheaper. Or even better just get it for nothing :idea:
     
  4. Liquid K9

    Liquid K9 Human programmer.. heh

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    If its not subscription (IE. $99 for lifetime subscription), I want nothing to do with it. Kazaa, porn laden as it is, will do for now.
     
  5. Yo-DUH_87

    Yo-DUH_87 Who you calling tiny?

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    I think there should be an "Anything Apple does sucks, so I won't do it" option. :D

    If someone else were to do it, like Sony or something like that, I might go for it, but Apple, no way. It is trapped in their own format, something I am against (just like WMA), and if/when I get an MP3 player, it will absolutely NOT be an iPod. If there is software to play/use it on PC, it is likely buggy as I'll get out (like Quicktime), and not well supported.

    So, yeah, instead of buying the CD I have control over, Apple has control...

    Not voting yet...
     
  6. :: kna ::

    :: kna :: POCOYO! Moderator

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    How does that work? Imagine that in the real world.. walking into HMV and picking up an album for £12.99 every day for the rest of your life and just walking out because you paid you £100 lifetime subscription. What did you do before Kazaa, not buy any music?

    What's the problem there? Sounds like you're getting just about an album worths amount of songs for 5 quid less than you'd pay in the shops. And media is negligible seeing as you can get 100 discs for less than the price of an album.

    What a lot of people need to wake up and realise is that you've always paid 'per track' in effect for your music. In fact considerably more than 62p when CD pricing was at it's worst. Just because you can get it free now doesn't make what people are doing any less illegal.

    I only ever used Kazaa to download the individual tracks I wanted or hard to find stuff, if I want an album I went out and bought it. If I can now start making my own 'compilations' for less than the price of an album, damn right I'll pay for the music!

    Granted, it may not be Apple who I'll go with, but if it takes off, many suppliers will follow suit and this will become the standard way to buy music. And believe me, the majority of people will do the same once they have a decent avenue to get it legitimately, which will make tracking down the sharers and leechers far easier.
     
  7. GreatOldOne

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    New poll option added for Applephobics.
     
  8. Shambla

    Shambla What's a Dremel?

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    Could an option be added for 'No, I like to buy my music on CD and don't download it whatever the source' (or something to that effect). I can't possibly be the only one who likes the quality of proper CD audio too much to listen to MP3s. I admit I have only been like this for the last year or so, since I have had a decent system to play CDs on, but I dont think that even broadband would get me downloading music again. Besides, if you shop somewhere sensible like Play.com a CD is usually £9.99 at the most, so MadSkunkBurner has a point.
     
  9. GreatOldOne

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    New option added for audiophiles.
     
  10. Liquid K9

    Liquid K9 Human programmer.. heh

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    as it is, I never buy music. I didnt buy music before I got a computer (bar the ONE aqua cd I bought in my youth) and I wont buy one after I get a computer. If theres a track I peticularly like after hearing it on the radio, I'll try to download it. But I wont download entire CD's mainly because theres only one track I'd like anyhow.

    I do wish there was better (distributed) quality available than MP3 or WMA.
     
  11. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    I use Kazaa in a different way to most, if there's a new band out, i'll check them out from a file on KAzaa, if i like em, i'll go and buy their album - it saves on time/money wastage from buying and taking back/keeping for the sake of it. Besides, nothing quite has the feel of a true copy of an album - even the finest bootlegg. :rock:
     
  12. Loz

    Loz Blah Blah

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    Thats the pricing problem sorted, but from what I've seen (from little research) is that theres a specific format you HAVE to use?
    No thanks.

    While I'll buy CDs if I really do like the artist, they don't get anywhere near enough of the money for me to do it regularly. Cut out the middle-men and everyone will be happy.*


    *except the middle-men, but they were making money off other people's talent anyway.
     
  13. Ubermich

    Ubermich He did it!

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    Seeing as by downloading the music they don't have to burn the cds or pay for shipping, I don't see the point in paying the same price as a CD from warehouse music.
    I'm glad to hear this pricing comes out cheaper for the brits but it doesn't here.
    12songs * $1 = $12 = same price as a CD
    16songs * $1 = $16 = more than a CD

    If they had super-high-quality audio in multiple formats, then maybe. But this just isn't worth it as far as I'm concerned.
     
  14. Liquid K9

    Liquid K9 Human programmer.. heh

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    actually, Ubermich has a good point there. If they were offering the tracks in supreme audio quality in multiple formats I would buy it (only the odd one mind you) -- its the only reason I would pay.
     
  15. Lazy

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    errrm actually yes.
     
  16. eaterofpies

    eaterofpies What's a Dremel?

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    i wouldnt use any pay to download things on the net cos id rather listern to a cd and you can hear the difference in quality

    i usually only get new music thru kazaa to try before i buy and old music i cant find anywhere else (and sometimes even kazaa fails)

    its the same as i do with games i download and try the game then buy it if it was worth my cash cos ive bought so many games that were arse in the past im not gonna waste my money any more
     
  17. RTT

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    Not always the case, online you'll find the album for ~£9 inc p&p (compared to £12-£14 in HMV), so for the sake of an extra £1.50, you've got the actual album in your hands, which I'd much rather have, rather than have 'bought' the files which I could easily loose, and will be of naff quality (128kbit/sec) I would imagine.

    Thats why I think buying mp3s online will fail - because for a few pennies extra you've got the real thing.

    The only way for the record industry to solve this is to DROP the price of music, like they should have done ages ago!
     
  18. eaterofpies

    eaterofpies What's a Dremel?

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    dont we pay over the odds for cds in the uk any way? (sorry this is a bit off topic btw)
     
  19. MadSkunkBurner

    MadSkunkBurner What's a Dremel?

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    *Applause*


    I aint been around to post for a few days and was about to reply to KNAs - looks like you saved me the trouble, once again, nice one RTT. :thumb:
     
  20. bilnv

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    There is something to be said for having the actual store bought CD with all the tracks in order and the artwork. And running around to find the track order and artwork to copy to a jewel case is a hassle. For me anyway.
     

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