Once again, the old dude comes looking for guidance from the assembled masses. We got our 12 year old son a Sony mp3 music/video player for Christmas. It comes with a 14 day trial for Napster, which says you can download whatever you want for 14 days and then pay $14.95 per month after that.
1. Is this a good deal?
2. Is there something better to use? Amazon?
3. Is there a place to download videos? For instance, he's a big fan of Weird Al and would like watch the videos on this little two inch screen.
The biggest issue I have with the monthly subscriptions is that it's only a deal if you download your entire monthly allotment every month (unless Napster has as rollover plan, which I didn't see). If you don't, then the cost per song increases.
I also didn't see a $14.95 a month plan on Napster's site. Do you know how many downloads per month you get for that price?
We do Amazon for many reasons, not the least of which is that there is no DRM license on the songs, so I can easily move them from drive to drive without hassles. I have an MP3 player that plugs directly into my car lighter and has and FM modulator to play through my radio. plug in a flash drive with MP3s or WMA files and they play. There's a little controller, but it is simple. and it was cheap, like 20 bucks.
But files from Itunes or Rhapsody (and, I am sure, Napster) don't work. Files from Ripped CDs work and so do Amazon MP3s or WMAs do work.
I eventually found out (as you know, I am also an older person) that some services place a license on the MP3s or WMAs. Amazon doesn't.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
After your suggestions we purchased a Sony MP3 player for our daughter fro Christmas (16GB). For $50 less than the nano and over $100 less than the classic and it works great and she loves it. She debated all this and is using Amazon and itunes some. Amazon's prices are reasonable (cheaper than Apple) and works great. We decided against napster and Rhapsody for reasons already cited.
I would also suggest you check out The Hype Machine (www.hypem.com/all), which is a searchable, continually updated list of mp3s posted to blogs. Not the way to get the song you want right when you want it (although the searchable archives go back for a couple of years, most of the blogs remove the actual files every couple of weeks), but it's a nice way to discover new bands, and whatever music you like you'll probably find things you know and love being posted as well.
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