09-04-2004, 02:09 AM
Yeah, that's why I was saying that MSN Music would the more succesful of these two products. I remember when I first heard about PMCs, a lot of people posted viable comments on different message boards about many disadvantages to these things to the iPod. The main two disadvantages are the size and the price (both are greater than those of the iPod). Plus, a lot of people don't feel like watching a movie, TV show, or photos when they're on the go. Music, of course, is different issue, since people don't usually have to keep their sense of hearing as alert as their sense of sight when they're moving. Few people even know about XP Media Center, so it's possible no one will give two craps about Portable Media Centers. The iPod is definitely one of Apple's best-selling products ever. There are now more ads for it then any other Apple product, and EVERYONE knows about them, so the only people who are disenfranchised are people without computers and PC users without internet access (because they need to download iTunes).
And as for MSN Music? Well, from what I've heard so far, none of the iTunes Music Store's competitors have created a superior product, but Microsoft is definitely up to the challenge, and they seem very determined. I mean, I actually took a look at MSN Music (I'm surprised I didn't run into any trouble, considering it supposedly shouldn't work on this OS), and it actually had songs that the iTunes Music Store didn't (even though the total number of songs is still half of that on the iTunes Music Store). Actually, I didn't really find these songs available by themselves, but rather the albums they come on. Supposedly you can also get full albums on MSN Music too. There is one disadvantage to MSN Music, and that is that certain songs (long ones mainly) cost more than 99¢, while ALL of the songs at the iTunes Music Store are 99¢.
Is anyone starting to see a pattern here? Microsoft's products are more expensive than Apple's! The operating systems, the portable media players, and now the music services. Most people complain Apple is expensive, but that's only compared to hardware and processor companies, not Microsoft. For the most part, Microsoft's products are more expensive than Apple's (granted Office is cheaper than Production Suite and etc., but media production programs are always very expensive). It's just that they don't make PCs or processors, but if they did, it is possible they would be quite expensive.