Napster Unlikely To Significantly Challenge iTMS

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
IMO, Napster To Go faces several challenges* right from the get-go:

1. limited to US customers

2. available on Windows only

3. must sign-in to browse

4. OutputStacker-etc "hack" to circumvent DRM

5. interface not as slick as iTunes**

6. lack of ownership of songs

*Feedback/corrections welcome and will be taken with a pinch (just a pinch!!!! ) of salt

**my instant personal bias


  • Reply 1 of 4
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    7. Impossibility to burn the song without buying it for $.99

    8. Lack of compatibility with the >60% US market share iPod

    9. Higher subscription price than most people actually spend on music in a month
  • Reply 2 of 4
    nice one chucker... i was in denial about points 7 and 8... how can it not be compatible with iPod? why????!!

    omigod omigod omigod... MYST !!!!! YEAHHHHHHHH
  • Reply 3 of 4
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    10) obnoxious need to "phone home" every month, or you lose access to everything.

    Is the DRM consistent across the store, or does it vary? If the latter, that's #11.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    murkmurk Posts: 935member
    Well, at least they are on Steve's radar. Sneaky Stevie If it is a threat, its because of the piracy angle. The Napster Boobs don't get that you already own iTunes. Stripping Apple's protection isn't worth it for most people. For Napster, however, doing so means you now own it for almost free.
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