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iTunes competition heats up in 2007

updated 07:35 pm EST, Mon January 29, 2007

iTunes competition

Despite the general popularity of iTunes and the iTunes Store, competitors are moving in to draw away Apple's userbase. A Redmond start-up called NexTune is offering its namesake music software which is aesthetically similar to iTunes, but can play both Apple's FairPlay as well as Microsoft's PlaysForSure files. NexTune also taps into a database with extensive file information that can include details down to mood, tempo, and what instruments were used. The company is further offering users 10 cents of credit for each song profile they submit, which is usable to purchase CDs from the NexTune Music Store. Digital purchases are said to be coming in the future.

Coinciding with the launch of the K3 and Y9 music players in the United Kingdom, Electronista reports that Samsung is opening up its own online music store in that territory. Much like Apple's iTunes Store, the Samsung Media Studio is accessible from custom software, and currently boasts more than 2.6 million songs from both mainstream and independent labels. Album pricing varies, but individual tracks sell for 79 pence each while an unlimited download subscription costs £15 per month. The purchase of a Samsung player nets a free seven-day trial, and users can legally burn files from Media Studio to a CD or transfer them to any third-party player.




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  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    the only way

    it could use Apple's Fairplay technology would have to be illegal so we'll see how far this gets.

  1. cvbcvb

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    third party players?

    “The purchase of a Samsung player nets a free seven-day trial, and users can legally burn files from Media Studio to a CD or transfer them to any third-party player.”

    Really ANY “third-party player”? Love to see these songs play on an iPod...

    CVB

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    steve ballmer's...

    balls heat up in 2007.

    my mom made me say that.

    oh p***.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    On Mac

    it will work but they charge extra to burn on CD, something like $99 per song but no Mac software. :p The 2 most successful online music stores are Mac compatible (e-music and iTunes) and i believe this is a key feature for success, it shows respect to the user and they in turn will respect the store more even if they work on Windows. Its all about user trust in this business and Mac compatibility shows your serious about it.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hm

    I see its partially Mac compatible, i guess there won't be a renting option for us but we can buy and burn the music.

  1. booman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iTunes

    iTunes will always be dominant - partly because of the rich resource of plugins that are becoming available for it, like the excellent Qloud and The Filter

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    requires admin privileges

    I'm all for strong competition and was glad to see this, but I still refuse to install any software that requires admin privileges without telling me exactly why.

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Fairplay is not licensed?

    This is an illegal attempt to break into Apple's market and I'm sure Apple's legal team will be knocking on there door very shortly. Apple has not licensed it's fairplay DRM so this is totally illegal and they will face the concequences shortly.;-)

  1. johnsonua

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Could be entirely legal

    If it depends on iTunes being installed (hence the various libs needed to play Fairplay) this is perfectly legal, since it's merely utilizing legally installed software.

    The kicker of this is, of course, that this means the Mac software is pure c***, because it WON'T play any of the MS formats, since the needed software libs aren't available for the Mac.

    Finally, if they HAVE reverse-engineered both sets of formats, sure hope they're ready to ruble, legally speaking, because they're going to get hammered by BOTH Apple and MS...

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