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YMOM100
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11/18/2011 | 9:02:30 AM
re: Google Music: 7 Key Facts
Not sure what you mean with 'own'. As in buy a CD rather than buy the revocable right to listen to the music?
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ANON1237837896902,
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11/18/2011 | 2:26:17 AM
re: Google Music: 7 Key Facts
Ok so for $60/year you can access 320k MP3 on your computer or $120/year on your computer and phone vs iTunes match $25/year, giving you access to 256k AAC encoded files.

You do know that MP3 is the audio portion of the Mpeg 1 encoding, and is like 20 years old vs the much newer Mpeg 4 AAC. Hands down the 256K AAC will be better quality but we are splitting hairs as both are better than most people can distinguish. Regardless, 256k AAC is better quality than 320k MP3, and a free (if much of your music is from iTunes) or $25/year service might sound more appealing than a $5-$10 per month service.

It does to me.
jrapoza
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11/17/2011 | 9:00:47 PM
re: Google Music: 7 Key Facts
So far it looks pretty good. We'll have to see how they keep it up (and that, like other Google services, they don't decide to give up on it in a year or so). I do like that the storage is free and that you can use your own content. Services like MOG are cool, but, call me old fashioned, l like to own the music I listen to.

Jim Rapoza is an InformationWeek Contributing Editor
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11/17/2011 | 4:44:35 PM
re: Google Music: 7 Key Facts
As a user of online music subscription services for the last 6 years -- I currently use MOG -- I can't imagine why people continue to shell out as much as a $1 a song (or more) for inferior audio quality at stores like iTunes, Amazon, and, now Google. A $5/mo subscription to MOG (US only at this time) gets you instant access via your desktop browser to virtually all the titles in those stores whenever you want; add your smartphone for another $5/mo. And, unlike the online stores, which currently only offer up to 256 kbps quality, MOG offers a full catalog of 320 kbps music, which is virtually indistinguishable from full CD quality by most listeners. And the similar service, Spotify, offers a similar selection (at mostly 320 kbps) for about $10 a month, which has proven very popular in Europe. Both services offer ad-driven free tiers.

What about musicians? Google wants to charge them a whopping $25 for a 'store' page. But musicos can get a superior cut of the profit AND offer their fans FULL CD QUALITY download sales in lossless formats via services like Bandcamp that are FREE to musicians.

Too little. Too late. Too expensive.


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