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Comparing music download services

25 April, 2009 (11:46) | music | By: Harvey Chute

When it comes to music subscriptions,  Zune Pass has “a huge edge” over Rhapsody’s subscription service, according to this analysis from Ed Bott.

Those two are the only major music services that offer subscriptions, which in my view is the future of music services. If you’re into all-you-can-eat music, Zune Pass is the way to go and you can’t beat its cost model. (With the $14.95 Zune Pass, you get unlimited music downloads or streaming, plus you can download 10 songs per month that you get to keep forever.)

For downloading pay-per-tracks, iTunes is obviously the market leader, in its near-monopoly in that area. How do its competitors line up in terms of cost, selection, sampling, user experience, and recovery of downloaded files? For an interesting comparison of iTunes, Zune Marketplace, Amazon MP3, Lala, Rhapsody, Amie Street, and eMusic, see the full review.

Thanks to RL for the tip!

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