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So with all this action against fileswappers...

by sibod / November 16, 2005 4:42 AM PST

... and legal downoads why are we getting news like this?

IMHO - file-sharing continues to rise because very few download services are either reasonably priced or easy to use, or offer the content people want. For all its merits, iTunes only offers medium quality music (128k) rather than true CD or even SACD quality. The TV downloads are still less than standard definition TV quality, and cost far more than the Free that you currently get on TV!

So rather than suing everyone, how about offering a service people WANT to use in preference to P2p and Usenet???

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IE is required to download
by beelissa / November 16, 2005 5:26 AM PST

I don't do illegal fileswapping, and I haven't purchased many downloadable songs either. Most of the songs on my mp3 player are ripped from CDs I own. But, as a Firefox user, I am very annoyed that every service I have looked at except iTunes requires the use of Internet Explorer. I've used WalMart Downloads, and checked out several others and decided not to use them because I was greatly dissatisfied with the way WalMart's software worked and anticipated a similar problem with others when I read they required IE as well. You can't even download their software if you surf there using Firefox.

I find iTunes hard to use since I don't have an iPod, so I can't figure out where it puts the music and whether I'll be able to move it to my mp3 player using drag & drop.

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iTunes music
by rtemp / November 16, 2005 6:49 AM PST

It's funny that you say you can't find where iTunes puts your music because I have a friend that uses it because he actually does have easy access to the files.

I'm assuming that you are on a Windows box, correct? I don't remember if I'm using the default location or not, but for me the music is in "C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music" under artist-titled folders.

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re: iTunes music
by acedtect / November 16, 2005 6:56 AM PST
In reply to: iTunes music

My iTunes music is also in
C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music

This reminds me of the posting on Slashdot about Type Manager's replaceing file managers. Type as in MIME type not typing.

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This is exactly the problem
by sibod / November 16, 2005 7:21 AM PST

On average, who exactly has the time to wrestle the inadequacies and incompatibilities of various devices and services.

That the iPod has 90% of the MP3 player market, but only one service supports it sucks. But then the majority of peeps are ripping CDs. But then Sony, et al, dont want you to do that. They want you to buy everything for your MP3 player again.....

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