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Limited Content, true...
Authored by: newbish on May 01, '03 09:18:04AM
I admit, I was a bit disappointed by how limited the selections were. But I was able to find a few songs I haven't heard in years and get them before they disappear entirely. I think it's a very safe bet that the selection will expand fairly rapidly.

Of course, an important thing to remember is that Apple had to go with the currently most popular songs/artists at the start to guarrantee sales. Once they have started showing a trend towards a good profit with this venture, I'm sure they'll put some money towards getting some of the more obscure and international stuff to which I listen. Let's face it, licensing isn't cheap, and we can all be sure that RIAA is breathing down Jobs' neck.

My key problem in being forced to download music is the fact that the songs I'm usually looking for are so obscure that they aren't sold any more. Anywhere.

You show me someplace that sells Chie Ishibashi's Hikari no Suashi and/or Carly Simon's rendition of Touch the Air Softly and I'll show you a customer who can't wait to throw money at it! (Told you my tastes are obscure!) So my hopes for Apple's success with the Music Store are very high, because it is probably the only way I'm going to legitimately acquire the music I want to hear.

What's great about that preview feature is it gives me the opportunity to listen to an artist I never heard of before and judge whether or not I want to hear more of their music. I wouldn't mind a longer preview time than 30 seconds though. Sometimes it takes a piece of music a bit longer than 30 seconds to really get going.

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Limited Content, true...
Authored by: martinx on May 01, '03 04:05:01PM

I was surpised at the limited selection. I mean, gosh, 200000 songs is a
LOT, I thought sure all the songs I could think of would be there. I'm
thinking pretty mainstream stuff, although not necessarily contemporary.
I've already found more songs that I'm looking for that they don't have
then they do have.

Do they really have 200,000 songs ready for purchase, right now? Well,
doing a search for each particular genre and seeing the results it
returned and adding them up comes to far less than 200,000. Maybe
that is their target and they aren't to it yet.

On another topic, the site claims you can view video clips from a
broadband connection. Well, I've got one, now where's the ^%$! videos?
I'm stumped!

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