#4 music service review
just for giggles, I went ahead and downloaded iTunes the other day. I installed it but left it alone for the time being.
Then tonight I figured I’d go ahead and sacrafice the $20, download some songs and see how the whole thing works.
First of all the installation on windows is very straight forward and super duper simple. touch typing end-users could install this without f’ing it up.
my home PC is a PIII850 with 328MB of RAM running Win2k, SP4 and overall performance I would have to say is not that hot. This program is SLOW. I haven’t yet tried this on my egg-cooker Dell (P4, 512MB RAM, WinXP Pro), but that’s next. The program itself has limited advanced controls for ripping and burning as well.
Then came the store. Music was easy to find, but again with the slow speed. from click to page change took at least 5 seconds and since it’s an Apple product, when you click there is not type of feedback (click noise, button depress) as you would find in a native windows app. Purchasing single songs is equally simple and the downloads occur pretty fast! Once the tracks are downloaded, it’s 2 clicks to burn to CD. Quality seems as it should be as is compatibility. One thing that I do not like is that the songs are encoded in a file format that looks like it is called M4P. More research will be done. But the files, unburned, will only play in either the iTunes ap, QuickTime player or on an iPod I would guess.
Other than the non-standard file format and the overall speed of the app, I would say that it isn’t half bad, which is to say that it doesn’t FULLY suck.
I think I’m going to stick to Music Match instead. I shall try their new song download service tomorrow.