napster, shnapster

napster, shnapster

see those commercials for napster vs. itunes/ipod? well i had to go check it out and see what the deal was. this $14.95 a month deal wouldn’t work with an ipod (all mp3s work with ipods), so i was wondering what was going on with this napster thing.
well, turns out they have an option (the one that’s advertised anyway) where you have to buy a compatible player and you pay a monthly fee of $14.95, and you can only upload this music to your mp3 player or phone. you can’t keep it on your hard drive, you can’t burn a cd, you can’t send it to your cousin in bangladesh for her listening enjoyment. this “unlimited” amount of songs is only “borrowed” until you want a different song. $14.95/month for that?? i’d rather subscribe to XM radio.
another option they have is you can download songs from other users, but in order to keep playing the songs, you have to continue to be a member of napster. this was on their website: “*It is necessary to maintain a Napster subscription in order to continue access to songs downloaded through the Napster service.” in very small print at the bottom, of course. 🙂
they do offer an option where you can download an mp3 to keep and burn and share, like a regular mp3, and how much is that? 99¢/song, just like itunes.
this may be a case of false advertisement…

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