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Rhapsody. Napster. MOG. Rdio.

What do these four music subscription services have in common? Each company survives on monthly subscription revenues. Each one has an iPhone/iPad app that is prominently featured on its home page. Each one offers a free trial that they hope you’ll love and that you’ll convert to a paid subscription when the trial runs out.

And under Apple’s new subscription rules, each one will soon be forced to start paying 30% of its revenue for each of those easy, one-click subscriptions it gets through an app on an Apple device.

In short, each of those four services has just been torpedoed by Apple. Each one is taking on water. The question now is deciding in what order they go under.

Where do people listen to music? On the go. Even if you initially sign up for a free trial on the web, you’re likely to use the subscription on your phone. As a Rhapsody spokesperson told me last December, “Mobile is everything, and people are increasingly using their mobile devices like Swiss army knives—buying an expensive new (closed) device limits the addressable market. In fact, it was being tied to certain devices that posed challenges to Rhapsody in the past.”
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This article if nothing else made me laugh....
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They are going to develope more towards other platforms, and apple is going to start losing customers because of how strict they are on other companies. I know that sony has already abandoned ship, they won't be putting the sony online thing on apple products because of it.
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Yeah, if iTunes wasn't such crapware.
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iTunes for windows is like a cancer
    
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Yeah, if iTunes wasn't such crapware.
I actually like itunes. But ONLY as a music player. All the other crap they add to it is....well just that, crap. I only use the music player function. No genie, no itunes store, no podcasts, no video anything.
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I actually like itunes. But ONLY as a music player. All the other crap they add to it is....well just that, crap. I only use the music player function. No genie, no itunes store, no podcasts, no video anything.
I like WMP better. It's always worked just fine for me. iTunes? I hate it.
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What makes me lol at Apple in general is in iTunes you have to attach a debit/credit card or Paypal to even create an account.
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Hahhh...

The only Apple product I own and ever will own is my 3rd generation 120GB iPod. The only reason I've held onto it this long is because the radio I have in my car has on on screen UI identical to the iPod, so I can scroll through my artists/genres/playlists using my radio's touch screen. If it weren't for that, I'd have a Zune HD or some other Mp3 player by now.

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I actually like itunes. But ONLY as a music player. All the other crap they add to it is....well just that, crap. I only use the music player function. No genie, no itunes store, no podcasts, no video anything.
I use to like it only because it is all I had, ie when I had my iPods. Once you go Zune, you never go back.
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I like WMP better. It's always worked just fine for me. iTunes? I hate it.
I have never had an issue with itunes as just a music player. I use VLC for video so i don't need that part. And all other media players have a complicated way of presenting the library. Like WMP has all these different options, and I just want to hit music and click play.



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What makes me lol at Apple in general is in iTunes you have to attach a debit/credit card or Paypal to even create an account.
Yea, I don't buy stuff from itunes, so it doesn't really matter for me. I got a 15 dollar itunes gift card once which is how i created my account, which is souly for my ipod nano I had.
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