Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Real Rhapsody

So I have been dedicated to the proposition that I should physically own all music. Whether it be in downloading form or in CD, tape, record. But I just signed up for Real Rhapsody and I must say that this service is flat out amazing. You can literally listen to thousands albums. I have been listening to old Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, and Dylan all day. Also put in some My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Catherine Wheel.

Only concern is that the service is now 9.95 a month but they could raise it and then all that work spent assembling the album lists would go for naught if I changed services. What other sites have people tried and thoughts regarding the buy versus rent issue?


At 7:02 AM, Blogger Drew Forsberg said...

I've never really considered "renting" songs. Frankly, I'm still getting over not owning CDs for some of the albums I've bought online. The junior high kid in me who used to pour obsessively over liner notes just can't accept having nothing but a bunch of 1's and 0's.

That said, other than the occasional iTunes purchase and free legitimate downloads, I've only tried eMusic.com (see a previous post from a few months back). I like the service. It only has music on independent labels and you own the MP3s with no restrictions. It, too, is just under $10/month. If you sign up now, I believe they're giving away 50 free downloads. If you're at all interested in trying it, do me a favor and let me refer you. That way, I get 10 free downloads if you join. It's like the old Columbia House club days...

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Steve Malloy said...

The only thing I really like more about the renting online than owning is that frankly I have all but given up on albums as a concept and art form. I rarely download more than 2 or 3 songs, which I frankly choose from a 30 second sample or on recommendation. This leaves me open time and time again to missing out on incredible songs. Also there are a whole host of old albums that I will simply not buy but would love to be able to listen to now and then. For example, the entire Rolling Stones collection, I have bought on tape, record, CD and through the years lost most of these. Now I can recreate this easily.

The issues of not being able to transport it to a portable device is a huge deal...we will see.


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