It’s funny how sometimes the planets all align to make something I want quite irresistable.
First, the player of my dreams is within grasp.
I’d never heard of Napster to Go before – for those in the same boat, here’s the concept:
-You pay $15/mo to access unlimited DRM music from the Napster database.
-As long as you keep paying your monthly fee, the music keeps playing on up to 3 computers and 3 mp3 players. The licenses expire whenever you cancel your subscription.
-If you want to burn any of the music, it’s $0.99/track or $9.95/album, ensuring you keep it forever.
At first I thought that it’s a bit of a ripoff, not owning the music I’d be paying $15/mo to access.
Then I thought about the couple hundred CDs sitting in my living room collecting dust. I haven’t actually listened to any of them in a loooooooong time. In fact, I rarely buy CDs anymore unless it’s something I really want, not because I don’t want to spend the money, but because I don’t want another thing sitting around collecting dust. If I really wanted to keep any of the music, $10 is absolutely reasonable to purchase an album.
I think Gorog is absolutely right in thinking that Napster to Go will absolutely change the way we think about music “ownership.” Once I’ve picked up the player, I’ll sign up for the 2 week trial, and let you know how it goes.