Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 24th Aug 2010 02:06 UTC
Multimedia, AV Earlier today I bought a $10 album from iTumes, which I wish I hadn't. The reviews were glorious, and the previews not indicative. Listening to the album all I could hear was hipster drivel. Obviously, I wanted my money back. Well, bad luck. iTunes won't give refunds. I tweeted about it, and a friend suggested Rdio. Rdio, a brand new streaming service, currently offers a 3-day free trial -- without the need for a credit card. For $5 let's you stream their huge library on your desktop via an Adobe AIR app or browser, and for $10 let's you also stream from Android/BBerry/iOS, plus be able to sync your music with you offline on these devices. Unlike and Pandora, Rdio let's you stream on-demand.
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As both a geek and a Mac OS user, I wouldn't say I hate it; the app works fine on OS X and is passable on Windows. I still don't understand why iTunes and Safari don't work as well on Windows as on OS X.

As for the store, I've never bought anything on there even after the switch to non-DRM files. I've always bought online music from Amazon and eMusic. I rarely listen to top-40 pop, so most of what I like (trance, eurosynth, industrial, electro, dark cabaret, synthpop etc) is already on eMusic. For the few mainstream acts I currently enjoy there is Amazon.

There are even times when I want a physical CD, for example when I'm really into a band; I usually buy from, or Amazon if cdbaby doesn't carry what I want.

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