Originally Posted by hypoluxa
Heeelarious. About 80% of the music on my 20GB iPod is ripped from CD's I already own.
In various legal (I believe) ways, about 90% of my 100+ GB's came from purchased CD's. Mostly I go to used CD stores, buy discs at half-price, rip them, go back to the store and trade them in in for half what I paid and buy more, making my net cost 1/4 or less of buying the CDs. Plus I ripped 15 years worth of the fave CD's I already owned (and could now trade in once ripped and backed to multiple drives).
And I admit checking CD's out of the public library to rip. Is this legal?
Finally, I supplement this with the occasional iTunes or physical media purchase.
So I don't have all the latest and most hyped, but I have a great music collection that works for me and didn't cost much at all.
Originally Posted by fraklinc
These ads won't work, 1st, the average Kid can't afford to flush $14.99 a month just for music....
...Who the heck wants to subscribe to a $14.99 monthly service just for music in this freggin economy when you can use Pandora or bit torrent for free.
It's not just KIDS who can't afford all this "nickel and diming for "services," user fees, taxes, tolls, etc. that's getting tacked onto everything, e.g., do you iPhone users want to add ANOTHER $15/mo. to your $100+ monthly bills? Along with your Cable/satellite bill with separate fees for the box, and this digital add-on and that premium channel or service.
How much music can you really like and get to know anyway? And of that, how much can you remember when you change what you've downloaded from the buffet. Enjoyin and savoring art is not an "all you can eat" proposition for me anyway.
In another vein, if you start looking these little cash drains may be in more places than you realize. "Credit card insurance," that lifetime gym membership you haven't used in three years, subscriptions you don't need or read, membership "levels" in shopping services you're not using, "MobileMe" for a part of that you can get for free elsewhere, 99% of "extended warranties" on products, etc., etc.
I attacked this aspect of my life as soon as the big melt-down started and have hacked away several hundred a month (really)
from my budget in "recurring expenses" and frankly, I notice little to no loss in my quality of life.
Originally Posted by ICD-EVIL
If Apple came out with a similar subscription service all of the posts in this thread would be totally different, you would all be praising the great Steve Jobs for his wonderful new idea.
Originally Posted by wynand32
You folks crack me up. If Apple had come out with a subscription service, you'd all be calling it the next best thing since sliced bread.
...Of course, Apple wouldn't charge only $14.95 a month, and they wouldn't give you 10 songs to keep in the bargain.
I agree that many would endorse what they now deny, but the second poster's unhinged bias comes out when he asserts Apple wouldn't be competitive with its offer. It wouldn't have become the leading music seller in America if it didn't have a good value for payment ratio.
Originally Posted by Aizmov
In Captialist America Microsoft F@#ks YOU!
And Apple, I suppose, is a tax-payer supported government run program which develops and gives free wonderfully designed computers, phones, music players and media to the poor?
PS: you might want to learn to spell the name of the hated system that's made your entire historically unprecedented lifestyle possible.
Originally Posted by wynand32
....people are saying things like "In Captialist America Microsoft F@#ks YOU!"? And this from fans of a company in Apple that makes far more in profit of off them than even Microsoft makes.
Fascinating fanbase Apple has.
We are something, in whole and in our arguin' parts, ain't we?