BuyMusic founder Scott Blum called Apple CEO Steve Jobs "a visionary, but he's on the wrong platform."
Jobs secured uniform licensing deals from all the recording companies that allow all iTunes songs to be burned onto CD an unlimited amount of times, save for a restriction for making multiple CDs with the exact song lists. All songs on iTunes can also be transferred to up to three different computers and to the iPod, a portable digital music player.
Songs purchased at BuyMusic can't currently be played on the iPod.
Blum was not able to obtain uniform licensing rights from the recording labels and artists. As a result, different songs on BuyMusic have different restrictions for how often they may be burned onto CDs or copied to other PCs or portable music devices. They can all be burned onto CDs at least once.
So, let me get this straight. iTunes is on the wrong platform, yet BuyMusic won't support the best-selling MP3 player (or, for that matter, any MP3 player that does not support WMA). The iPod has almost 60% share of MP3 player market.
Further, each song that you download may have different usage rights.
This guy, Blum, just doesn't get it.
Jobs may have his faults, but he correctly identified, and addresses, the major problems with the existing online and retail music business:
no per-song pricing;
no unlimited (barely limited) rights to use the music (for instance, pressplay and many others are just streaming services …you don't actually have long-term use of ANY of the music you've "downloaded" once your subscription lapses).
I've moved. I used to be over at Userland's Radio Weblogs . I stopped posting there around November, 2002. Since then, I've been publishing to my company's internal weblog site, which is powered by Movable Type. Now I'm testing the new TypePad service: the latest technology from Six Apart, creators of Movable Type. I look forward to returning to the public blogspace.