I just picked up some more Christmas music from the Amazon MP3 store. For all that I like the iTunes Music Store, the Amazon MP3 store is better in every way. First off, the selection is far, far better. I say that because I don’t buy DRM I can’t easily remove, so the iTMS’s rather anemic selection of “iTunes Plus” albums compares badly to Amazon’s library. Secondly, there’s the format issue.
Today’s the big day. The iTunes Music Store has started actually selling DRM-free music. I decided to vote with my wallet and go find and buy something. I’m hoping that in a few weeks we’ll see a press release stating that EMI’s music sales tripled, or something like that, and the other labels will get that clue they’ve been missing. Unfortunately, it seems as if everyone else has had the same idea, and Apple’s Internet connections anre buckling under the strain.
It seems like everyone has an iPod. My officemate at work has one. Half the people on the T who are wearing headphones are wearing little white Apple earplug headphones. Even penniless graduates have iPods. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I see a homeless person with an iPod, begging for iTunes Music Store credits. Yup, it looks like everyone has a goddamn iPod. Except me. It’s not that I don’t want one.