iTunes, Could an “Unlimited Download” Choice be in the Works??
Last Updated on Tuesday, 8 March 2011 01:37 Written by PieceOfSith Tuesday, 8 March 2011 02:00
Think back to the last time that you purchased an actual compact disc, or otherwise known to this generation as a CD. Chances are I bet it has been a long time. Since many people out there are using “pirated” music downloads, and shame on you, or millions are actually downloading either their favorite songs or entire albums from specific websites. The king of those sites has got to be brought to us by Apple, and of course it is iTunes. I think it is pretty safe to say that many of our readers, and our writers themselves, have purchased either a song or album through the media giant and put it on our favorite iOS device including iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Managing your music library has been very easy through either a Windows or Apple based computer as well, so all your music is in one place at all times. One thing has always “grinded my geek” however. In this day and age, technology gives us many useful items. Many of those supersede their previous models, and in this very case, every year Apple creates another iOS device that has more features than that of a year ago. Sometimes it is very easy to just transfer your music library from one device to a new one. But what happens if you have 2 computers, especially, what if you have two iTunes accounts that block the transfer of many songs? I am one of those people that this has happened to and have found myself downloading a specific song again just to get it on my new device. Well, those days may be gone entirely, thank you Apple.
As of March 3rd according to Yahoo News, Apple may be trying to give anyone with an iTunes account the availability of having “unlimited downloads” of songs and media, making it much easier to transfer your library from one device to the next. According to Bloomberg where the story first broke, Apple is negotiating with such music leaders such as Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Music and EMI to make this a possibility to actually happen for all music fans. This agreement would allow music to be transferable to any iOS device, especially ones that are purchased through iTunes. So why has it taken Apple this long to decide this? Well for one thing, Apple wants to keep itself the number one library for music downloads. There is competition out there. Let’s face it; many of the smartphones out there are pre-installed with apps for music downloads such as V CAST music and Amazon MP3. Also, let’s not forget the many streaming internet radio stations that can be heard through your computer or smartphone. Some of these are Slacker Radio, Pandora and iHeart Radio. These competitors are by no means going away, and maybe considered to be growing more and more than that of iTunes users. This “unlimited download” idea would surely help Apple in this race and possibly attract new members and keep its current customers happy and continue usage of them.
So, will this convince you if you are not an iTunes user to give them a shot? For me, it would make me more of a fan of iTunes than anything else. Within the past few years, Apple has changed the way that people can download music from iTunes. First, it was just for Apple branded products. Then they realized they can attract more users if they loosen up on this prospect and allow iTunes downloads to be played on various devices. The cost of the song went up, but it was in my opinion a step in the right direction. An “unlimited download” option would be another step in the same direction for Apple. It drives me nuts when I don’t see all of music library transfer from my iTunes library to my new iOS device. It actually makes me less likely to go back to iTunes and get the music through possibly Amazon, or an old school way, actually buying the entire CD at some retail store. Let’s face it, this generation wants its entertainment now and does not want to be held back with limitations with new technical devices. This idea proposed by Apple can help with that. So in conclusion, this last statement goes out to all of the music execs out there. How consumers get their music has changes and will never go back to buying a traditional CD. This is how it is done now, and hopefully you agree to allow this proposal to take place.
Source: Yahoo.com( news.yahoo.com)