Tag: subscription service

Will You Be Getting A Zune HD?


  The Zune has a sympathetic pull on the gadget loving side of me.  While I generally use Apple products, I like the drive of the underdog.  Microsoft knows how to play catchup as we have seen with the Xbox 360 and the great experience many of us have online with our friends.  The real question is will Microsoft hit a home run with the Zune HD?  If you have an iPod Touch then you can guess the Zune HD will have a similar feature set.  The real problem lies in the lack of a hugely successful app store.  I am cautiously optimistic that Zune HD can deliver such an app store, but Microsoft has a vast pocket to draw from.  The marketing power of a company with such monetary resources that far outweigh most companies certainly helps get Zune noticed.  

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EMI Gives iTunes Its First Subscription Service – iTunes Pass


  For those of us who know all about music passes and have longed for such a service in iTunes, the beginning has just begun.  EMI has a launched a short-term subscription service that allows continuous content to be downloaded from Depeche Mode until June 16th 2009.  Apple has named this service "iTunes Pass" allowing its subscribers to get regular downloads of those they get a pass from.


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iTunes 8 Looks Great! First Impressions


  After the install of iTunes 8 and you agree to the terms, you are presented with the new album view as pictured above.  iTunes then asks you if you want to use the Genius Playlists.  Once you agree to the terms, iTunes downloads your information and now when you play a song it makes suggestions of music to buy on the right sidebar. The new thing it does which is a nice added feature, is the Genius playlists.  Simply select a song and then hit the genius button in the bottom right and it will grab 25 songs it thinks go well together.  In using this for a half hour or so the feature and song selection works very well.


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September 9th Confirmed for Apple Event

  Apple sent out the official invitations on Tuesday for their next event.  On September 9th as we had previously expected, Apple will gather its followers to reveal something new other than the Nano we already expected.  


The Event says "Lets Rock", which we assume means new iPods and hopefully the subscription service for music.  We’ll be sure to cover the event so check back.


[via Arstechnica]

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iTunes to Bring Subscription Service This September?

 The thought of an iTunes subscription service goes back to 2005.  Today there are rumors of its release along with pricing from three separate sources.  Subscription services such as Napster and Rhapsody go back a few years.  This was great for non-ipod users who use Sansa players or any other drm capable wma player.  The downside was that there never existed such a service for iPod users.  If a subscription service for music came to the iPod it would most likely dominate the music marketplace once again.

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