• United States good, but not great

Jul 24, 20031 min
Data Center

Following the “cheers and jeers” format used by TV Guide and my local newspaper’s editorials, here are by thoughts on the new

Cheers: It’s great that Windows folks now have an iTunes equivalent. The system for downloading seems pretty simple (I haven’t tried yet), the prices are reasonable and the selection wide. I like the idea of just downloading the songs from an album that I want, rather than having to buy the whole album for two or three songs and bunch of filler.

Jeers: For only offering WMA files and no MP3s. Don’t get me wrong, I love the quality of Windows Media 9 Series and the compression ratios. My biggest problem is my portable player (an Archos) only supports MP3, so why do I want to purchase music from if I can’t take it with me?