Itunes is pretty easy to use and can sure be addictive. I’ve bought two albums off of it so far. I also bought three single songs. And I’ve subscribed to 16 podcasts and downloaded over 40 different shows. I imported a few of my favourite Cds too.
So what’s not to love you ask?
Well first off. I’m kind of a traditional music junkie. I like going to record stores and browsing the shelves. I like physically picking up a CD and flipping it over and over. I love pulling out the liner notes, seeing the art, and reading the productions credits. You can’t have this experience with Itunes.
Plus going to the record store takes some effort. Now I have the Internet at home and I keep thinking of albums that I want. In two seconds I can go on Itunes, find it, and see that it costs less than $10.00. I’m used to paying more than that, so it seems like a good deal. I click buy, and it’s just way too easy.
But here’s the real part that I hate. I can’t play those files on anything other than an Ipod. I burned a disc and tried to play it in my car. It wouldn’t work. I brought it back inside and opened up the files. They are all mpeg4 files. What is an mpeg4? And why won’t it play on anything other than my Ipod or Itunes?
So, in order to turn a few albums into MP3 files, I burned a regular audio CD on Itunes, shut down Itunes, and then opened up Media Player. I then ripped the disc to Windows Media Player and burned those songs back onto a disc in MP3 format. It seems like a bit of a pain just to get a nice long disc to listen to in the car.
I think I am going to try and find another online store to buy music from. Itunes just doesn’t do what I want it to. I want MP3 files that I can use however I want.
I will continue to use Itunes for podcasts. I can burn those to a disc and they will play on my car. I don’t know why regular songs and albums won’t do that. I can burn regular audio discs but that’s not what I want to do. I love having more than one album on a disc. It’s the best thing for the car.
Itunes shouldn’t tell me how I can use my own music. It’s not right.