Tuesday, February 8, 2005
It’s Time, Once Again, For an Exciting Game of “Success or Failure?”
Gruber, as always, makes obscenely obvious points. My prediction—Napster To Go is going to fail. Miserably.
What happens when you cancel your Napster To Go subscription?
Gruber points out some things I’m betting many people don’t realize at all, such as having to frequently sync your portable device so it knows you still subscribe to Napster To Go. That’s ridiculous. I seldom sync my iPod—only whenever I have purchased or ripped new music and want to transfer the tracks.
So, with Napster To Go’s plan, what happens if I go on a long trip that lasts longer than the DRM limit on the portable device? I’ll tell ya what happens. You’re SOL!
Oh yeah, and suppose you want to burn one of those songs to a CD. Fine—once you pony up 99 cents! Yep. Suddenly, you’re paying Napster the same as you’d pay Apple for a single song plus $15 per year!
And here’s a little gem for you that Gruber doesn’t appear to have touched on: that 99-cent track you just bought only gave you the right to burn it to a CD. Which means, to put it back on your computer, you get to re-encode it!! Oh yeah, digital music quality advocates are going to love that one.
$180 per year for all the music I want for as long as I want—at least until I cancel my subscription or Napster goes belly up—and an additional buck gets you the privilege of burning one song to a CD and having that song be lower quality than the original if you choose to put it back on your computer in a compressed form.
Or, 99 cents per song to listen with no fear of losing it—even if Apple, god forbid, goes belly up—including the right to burn it to a CD and no need for a lower quality computer rip since you already have it.
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