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Friday February 11, 2005 2:07 am

Why Napster To Go Works


Napster To Go

When I originally heard about Napster To Go, I thought the concept was pretty cool. Instead of buying music on a per track basis, you instead pay a monthly fee and download as much music as you want.The kicker here of course is that since you are subscribing to the content, once you decide to end the subscription everything you downloaded goes away. It just simply doesn’t work anymore. Many have said that it just wouldn’t work, but I think that Napster may have caught on to something here.


You see, I still have a hard time believing that people pay for radio. Sure, they are satellite quality feeds with no commercials - but it’s radio. For example - Sirius radio costs $12.95 per month if you go with their monthly plan. Now, you get a whole lot of channels for that price, but you are still at the mercy of the Sirius playlist as far as what you are going to hear. You cannot just program and queue up 20 songs that you want to hear in any particular order. Now, you also can go with XM Radio which gives you a more inexpensive price at $9.95 per month, but you still have the same limitations as far as not having a choice in the specific track you are going to hear.

Now, compare this to Napster To Go. First of all, the price is $14.95. This is $5.00 more than XM Radio, and a mere $2.00 more than Sirius. Now, check out what you get - you can listen to any and all tracks available on Napster on your home PC. You can also load any track onto a PlayForSure-compatible audio device and take them with you. Think about this for a moment - you can load up any of the 1,000,000 tracks available on the Napster service. You pick and choose what you want to hear, and can create playlists using the downloaded files. You can take it into the car and plug it into your system. You can take it on mass transit and not worry about losing the satellite signal. You can listen, commercial-free, with the ability to choose your own playlist - you aren’t at the mercy of Sirius or XM to play that head-bobbing single you heard yesterday and can’t wait to hear again today. This is what the future of digital audio is all about.

So, I know the Napster To Go ad pictured above which compares its pricing to that of iTunes makes little sense. After all, I know a bunch of people with full iPods, and not ONE of them spent $10,000 to do it. Funny thing is, Napster of all companies should recognize that people know how to use P2P programs to get their tunes. I think that the comparison really needs to be made to the price of satellite radio, and the fact that you have access to over a million tracks at any moment.

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Comments:

I’m with Falcoboy7.  If I can burn the songs to a CD then it would be well worth the 25 bucks!  Anyone know if this is possible?

I do see some merit in having a Sat Radio system, but the devices are just too expensive for me at this time.  I wouldn’t mind having a XM or Sirius ready stereo in my car but I won’t until the price drops.

$15 a month is just way too much for most people to spend on music. If it’s really $25 (you sure about that falco?), then no freaking way.

Ron,

Could you fill us in on the CD thing?  Is it possible to burn these songs to a disc?

Sure, Napster-To-Go works, but only if you employ those radio services tongue wink Many people still use free P2P clients, and I can guarantee they feel they’re getting the better deal.

But then, there’s always a better deal for everything somewhere, somehow smirk

Exactly how does the Ipod, or a CD even, know when the subscription is expired to make the mp3s non fuctional? 

“The kicker here of course is that since you are subscribing to the content, once you decide to end the subscription everything you downloaded goes away.”

Please explain how it goes away?  Magic? A rep from Napster breaks into my place and destroys my CD?  Does my entire collection now become illegal? If so, then I am glad that I am not paying for MP3s.  tongue laugh

Once burned to CD-R, it cannot be written to…duh! tongue laugh

napster’s DRM stinks, if people pay for something, they want to be able to keep it.

comparing it to sat radio for playlists, ehhh….i can do that already without napster. the issue with sat radio is not that you can make playlists or whatever, that’s not the function of radio. i can hook up my ipod to my car, o rmake a mp3 cd to play in my car, but i still listen to the radio.
sat radio is for those who want more than what’s offered in regular radio, and are willing to pay the premium. its for travelers who actually want to be able listen to one station they enjoy, across the country/globe. you ever take a road trip? once you get past a certain limit, whatever radio statio you were once listening too just faded away, and now you’re listening to the yearly farm report. not cool. in addition, its for those that hate hearing countless advertisements on free radio(although i hear some stations are starting to put ads).  those who pay for sat radio have their reasons, and they feel like its worth it to them. those who pay for napster, are paying for something they don’t even get to keep.

you could try comparing it to cable tv, but even then, you have Tivo and the likes, which allow you to keep the media, and it doesn’t erase if you ever end the subscription, you can just rip the hdd out,lol.

The thing i dont like about it is how we cant access the music anymore once our subscrbtion is over. Its like i paid $15 to preview the songs for a month

F that, Napster is a ripoff…


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