8.15.2006

Yahoo! Music

I finally started experimenting with Yahoo! Music and I have to say, I'm amazed. The concept is this: (1) For $4.99 a month, you can search and listen to basically any song you want on your computer (or home networked computer). Want to listen to every song on REM's 1988 Eponymous album? Bam, there it is. There is hardly a one second pause before the music comes flowing. I cannot stress enough how large the library of music is. (2) For an extra small monthly flat charge, you can download all the songs you want (unlimited number) to play on your MP3 player. (3) If you want to download the songs to burn to a CD (and keep them "forever") the charge is 79 cents a song. (4) By ranking songs and artists you like, Yahoo! Music begins to suggest bands to you that you've never heard of - and you'll love 'em. (5) Throw in an Internet radio package which has 150 commercial free stations, and you've got yourself a heck of a deal. (Even odder: Yahoo "creates" a radio station designed just for you based upon your music rankings). The Yahoo site is here. A PC Magazine review of the service is here. (3)

3 comments:

LittlePastor said...

A little cheaper than iTunes on the per song basis, but I'm sure iTunes will follow soon with the unlimited listening package.

mzchief said...

To Barry...
Welcome to the internet. *;)

drmsucks said...

Who the hell pays for music anymore?
Yahoo music uses 192kbps WMA files, not MP3s. They only play on "Plays for Sure" devices, not on all MP3 players. And I'm sure that once your subscription expires, so does the ability to play the music you've purchased.

At least iTunes allows playing purchased music without a subcription, and you can burn your AAC-format iTMS music to a CD in MP3 format for free.

allofmp3.com is the closest to perfect MP3 pay-for-download service, but you're funding the Russian mafia and the artists get absolutely no royalties. On the good side, you can choose your bit rate, you pay per MB downloaded, and no DRM.

Before someone gets uppity about royalties to the artist, the current MP3/WMA services only return about eight cents to the artist. Weird Al Yankovic has written that he makes more money from CD sales than MP3 sales.