Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 at 12:29 PM

I've never really warmed up to iTunes. I have an iPod so I have to use it, and occasionally I'll purchase something from its "Music Store," but mostly I sit around and reminisce about the good ol' days (1999-2001) when a girl could get the entire Led Zeppelin catalogue for free off Napster. I also like to eat dinner at 4:30 pm and talk about my bunions.

But whatever my opinion, iTunes is still the thing to do. For now. But that might change. According to the New York Times, Universal Music plans to start a new service called SpiralFrog that will allow consumers to download songs for free. SpiralFrog will rely on advertising for its revenues.

There are some catches:

Customers will be able to download an unlimited number of Universal songs to their computer and one other device. They will not be able to transfer those songs onto a compact disc, and they must visit the site at least once a month to maintain access to their music.

It's not quite the good ol' days, but it is an interesting alternative to iTunes. Although I really don't think I can get behind this no-CD-burning rule. And since iPods require you to transfer music via iTunes, I wonder if you can download a song from SpiralFrog, add it to your iTunes library and then put it on your iPod. This stuff is way too complicated. I miss my mix tapes and burned CDs. Now if you'll excuse me, it's Early Bird time at the Old Country Buffet.


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