Yahoo just released their music store and it’s the latest in the string of subscription based services. Subscription based services that I just don’t get. Why would you pay a monthly fee to RENT songs? Even Napster states on their homepage “It is necessary to maintain a Napster subscription in order to continue access to songs downloaded through the Napster service.” Same idea goes for the new Yahoo Music Store and Rhapsody.
So, lets say you buy 100 songs on each service and you want to OWN your music. By own I mean put it on a CD so you can enjoy it in the car. Here are the prices not including sales tax…
iTunes – $0.99 a song – $99
Yahoo – $6.99 + $0.99 a song – $105.99
Napster – $14.95 + $0.99 a song – $113.95
Rhapsody – $13.32 + $0.89 a song – $102.32
* Prices taken from Yahoo, based on one month and buying every track individually.
There isn’t a huge difference in the cost, however that’s based off buying 100 songs a month, every month. If you choose to buy only 3 songs a month then subscription services just don’t make sense. I just can’t see myself downloading that much music every month. Seems like a waste. However, I guess if you were to download hundreds of songs a month, then subscriptions might make since. Just remember to purchase your music or you’ll loose it.
Subscription services just make it more complicated to buy and enjoy music. I prefer iTunes where it’s just 99 cents a song or $9.99 an album and once I buy them, I own them. No more fees. Some complain about the security on the iTunes downloaded files and I don’t know why. Just burn them to a CD and the music is free of any security features.
If you feel that subscription based services are that much better, please do let me know. I’m interested to see why so many companies are going with this subscription based, rent a song, business model.