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Nupha launches cross-platform music store

updated 01:15 pm EST, Wed January 28, 2004

Nupha Music Store

has launched a new international cross-platform music store, which features a growing library of songs from many independent music labels. It is compatible with Macintosh (running Mac OS X 10.3 and iTunes 4 or greater) and PC computers (running WMP series 9 or greater): "Nupha is the first independent music provider compatible with Apple iTunes. On Macintosh, users must download and install a small package (known as the nupha kit) which allows iTunes to play nupha encrypted media. Media are encoded in AAC 128 Kbps on Mac and WMA 192 Kbps on Windows." Songs are 0.99 or 8.99 for a complete album (including VAT).

The store offers Personal Use Rights similar to Apple's iTunes Music Store, but does yet support transfers to an iPod. "Users can play their medias on up to 3 computers, burn them an unlimited amount of time and transfer their files to their SDMI compliant device (Windows only feature for now) an unlimited amount of time." The company said it is working on iPod support, which it expects to be available "soon." The site is available in both English and French.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    optimize!

    Anybody else find this site an extremely slow load? This on a T1 line.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    no iPod?

    cant use it with my iPod? useless. why is everyone trying to compete? why dont you work with apple instead of fighting them. im sorry...there is nothing better than iTunes. period. and those remarks from Napster's CEO were very microsoft-esque. basically "don't use it because it's not ours."

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    Another boost...

    for the AAC format? .... that's a good thing right?

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    VERY SLOOOOOOOW!

    YES, it's very slow!
    So slow, that I just gave up and quit.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    re:Another boost...


    "AAC 128 Kbps on Mac and WMA 192 Kbps"

    AAC just on the Mac. Wonder if there's a big difference between 128 Kbps AAC and 192 Kbps WMA??

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    So ....

    ... Apple should be able to knock down the hurdles in Europe easier now??

    Even if Apple opened with limited selection, that would be better than letting other competition beat them, wouldn't it?

    Yup, still waiting for a Canadian capability in iTunes.

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    re: Another Boost

    "AAC just on the Mac. Wonder if there's a big difference between 128 Kbps AAC and 192 Kbps WMA??"

    Yea, the AAC sounds better :D

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Really slow on Cable

    I tried the site, and it seems really slow. I would beat there bandwidth is set too low, or someone screwed up in there IT dept.

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    re: Another Boost

    "Yea, the AAC sounds better :D "

    Actually, with WMA at 192, WMA probably sounds a little better. A lot of this is subjective and depends on what's being recorded of course, but I found 128 AAC to be similar to 160 mp3. Not sure about WMA. I rip my own CD's at 192 AAC which for me is close enough to the CD.

    I'm sure there are people out there that can tell the difference in an A/B test, but I doubt many can tell it someone just put one on and didn't tell them what it was.

    Apple should do better than AAC 128 though. I have purchased albums, burned an audio CD and found the quality noticably sub-CD.

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    Darwin?

    Check this out
    http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph?site=ninon.nupha.net

    "The site ninon.nupha.net is running Apache/1.3.27 (Darwin) mod_ssl/2.8.13 OpenSSL/0.9.6i PHP/4.3.0 on unknown."

    Interesting

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