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MSN Music is better online music destination

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon September 20, 2004

MSN Music vs. iTunes

Although Fortune says that --at least "not yet"--the expects Microsoft to "take a bite out of Apple's 70% market share," highlighting MSN Music's sound quality (160Kbps VBR WMA format), generous DRM, more device compatibility, and a better online music destination: "Microsoft has done a better job than Apple of creating a music resource center, with album reviews, artists' biographies and discographies, photos, news, links to tour schedules and tickets, song lyrics, and music videos."

by MacNN Staff




  1. scotty321

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Agreed. Apple has done the BARE MINIMUM in creating a music store. No user reviews, no links to outside websites, no tour dates, no website to access all of this stuff from, none of the features that we have come to expect for years from companies like Microsoft really has "one-upped" Apple here, and I'd hate to see Apple lose its ground because of its big head again. Apple, keep innovating! It's not over yet!

  1. darkpill

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no way

    That was a good laugh ... I don't know how long it will take them to get the fact that you CAN'T have a browser based music store. No way in h***. MSN is light years behind still.

    Obviously, I'm wrong because of all the huge sales numbers Microsoft has posted from their store.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple, Watch out!!!

    Apple should probably offer music with higher sampling rates. Whether I agree with scotty321 about the iTunes Store. I MIGHT use it if tunes were a little easier to find and the sampling rates were higher.

    Whether or not AAC sounds better than WMA, at whatever sampling rates, the point is that the PC drones who swallowed the megahertz myth see numbers before considering aesthetics or user experience. It's the same mentality. Good enough works for the majority.

    BTW, AACs sampled at 192 DO sound better than ones at 128.

    At this point, Apple might want to partner up with somebody. There's no way Apple can hold off Microsoft for very long. Forget about "winning".

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: no way

    Speaking of numbers? Where are Microsoft's first week numbers? Are they embarassed and hiding it like

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Much more room...

    ... for inovation from Apple. Microsoft seems to be making it more of a resource for all music related information which I think people will like a bit more.

  1. tabarnak

    Joined: Dec 1969


    generous DRM??

    wtf is that!! there's no such thing as this!!

    but for the first week numbers comment, it doesn't matter, they will sell much much more than apple in a few months.

  1. John Dwight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wait for it

    As long as we're filling out a wish list for iTMS, I would like higher sampling rates; it's a broadband medium anyway, so why not offer it. A way to access lyrics and personnel would be nice as well.

    I'm sure Apple will come up with something cool. I don't expect a Spindler- like digging-in-of-heels from Steve; welcome back to work, BTW.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just like MS

    Take something somebody else has already done and complicate it with a bunch of unnecessary features you can get elsewhere.

    I don't trust other people opinions on music any more than the video clerk at the rental place.

    If I want ticket info, I go to ticketmaster. If I want info on a band, I go to their web site.

    I hope they get it so complicated, new users won't know what button to push when they get there!

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Needs to Step It Up

    I'm obviously loyal to Apple (I'm on this site, aren't I?), but they really need to pick up the sample rate, have more reviews, and tour/ticket information. These are basic things people expect in the highly integrated cyber universe.

  1. ericdano

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Better DRM?

    Is it really better? Last I read, it didn't seem so.....

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