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How do subscribtion music services work when you stop paying

by db9golf / January 24, 2006 4:41 AM PST

Hello everyone, I was wondering if you could help me better understand music subscription services like napster. I understand that you can download as many songs as you want while paying the fee, but what happens when you decide to stop using the service? As soon as the device is plugged into a computer after you stop paying, do the songs just stop working or does this happen even if you don't plug your mp3 player into your computer?

Thank you,
Donald

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As soon as you stop paying
by Glorybox3737 / January 24, 2006 5:03 AM PST

When it's time for your bills and you stop paying all the music goes away. With subscription services the music you download on to your mp3 player must be synced with the computer once a month to make sure you paid. I you didn't pay or you don't synce then all the music on your mp3 player will not pay. So all you're doing is renting music. You onw nothing at all. They can take it all away at anytime.

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License expires
by bobpenn / January 24, 2006 11:59 AM PST

There is a master license on your player which has a renewal date. If you don't plug it into the PC to download the current license from the PC, it will expire. The actual files have individual licenses which point to this master license, so when it expires, so does all of the music at once. I think that if you actually cancel you license, then the PC license will reflect this status, and if you plug in, then this cancellation flag will also be transferred to the player. If this is true, and you want to maximize your music's lifespan on the player, don't plug it into the PC.

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It'll only last so long
by Glorybox3737 / January 24, 2006 12:29 PM PST
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Yea but not plugging it in to prolong your license will only last a couple of days at most. Supposedly you are supposed to plug the mp3 player in around the same time you are supposed to renew the license(pay your bill). bAsically to keep the music you have to continue to pay every month. Once you cancel the music is gone, be it in a day or five.

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