Haven’t had time to test drive the new Apple music store. I’m glad that Jobs & co. seem to have broken the logjam in getting the big labels to find a reasonable way to distribute their music online.
The one drawback of the Apple service many users have complained about is the absence of a wide selection of independent and alternative music. I can imagine the organizational explanations for why this is, and I’m sure it’s not Apple’s preference — after all, in the world of mainstream personal computing Apple has always been an “alternative.”
Still, it underscores how happy I continue to be with the Emusic service, which I’ve now had for a good year and a half. $10 a month; unlimited downloads without annoying DRM mechanisms. Since in any month I find at least a half-dozen CDs I want, that’s a bargain; plus I get to sample lots of artists without having to negotiate stupid streaming-only limitations. If your musical taste runs to obscurities anyway, this is one of the best bargains on the Net.
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