$7 a month? Sign me up!<br><br>"Yahoo has announced that they will also be entering the online music download market with a new subscription-based service.<br><br>Yahoo's new service will offer unlimited access to a library of 1 million songs for $6.99 a month. The new service is akin to Napster's current "To Go" service which also offers unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee. Napster's service, however, costs $14.95/month."<br><br>
Let me see if I understand these subscription services. You essentially rent the music? If you don't pay the rent you can't play the music any longer? How can that work? Can't it be copied?<br><br>I don't have a stake in this stuff (I think I've spent all of $5 at the iTunes store)but I'm curious.<br><br>
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Exactly. You can listen to all the music you want, as long as you pay the monthly tax. Looks like Yahoo is charging .79 cents to permanently buy individual tracks. <br><br>It is renting the music, but at that price, I'd pay it if Apple offered a subscription. I usually buy new songs, wear them out over a period of time, then don't listen to them ever again. <br><br>
It's Windows-only...uses Microsoft's WMA and their DRM that allows off-loading the songs onto specific devices. Most likely, it will never work with the Mac. <br><br>But the pricing is going to destroy Napster and Real..how can they compete with $6.99?<br><br>
Well its kinda like iTunes or the part of iTunes that lets you create playlist yada yada. The songs in your folder are not the song but rather a link to the real song on the server - hence they yank the link if you don't pay<br><br>Like Bryan mentioned<br>""off-loading the songs onto specific devices""<br>So no burning to CDs and certainly no off-loading to MP3 players<br><br>What these special devices are I dunno.<br><br>
I'd like the choice. Buy some tunes I want to keep forever and pay a subscription to listen to everything else. <br><br>Hell, I pay $18 a month to rent movies I don't get to keep, I'd gladly shell out $7-$15 a month to listen to everything in iTunes without keeping it. <br><br>
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