Won't last more than a year, and iTunes is garbage already. I buy retail music and have my own home server that has everything backed up and organized by myself, I can even FTP into it if I need a song when I'm out and about.
iTunes and this "Xbox Music" isn't anything except for a store and a waste of DRM.
Why name it "Xbox" Music anyway? Why not "Windows Music". Sounds so much more simpler and professional.
[citation][nom]thecolorblue[/nom]Offering up CD quality Lossless files for less than 99cents per track & totally DRM free??didn't think so... no thanks[/citation]This isn't a service for you. It would cost a lot more if that was the case. You can still buy physical media, of course. I often do, and then transcode to WMA Lossless. This kind of service is "good enough" for most people. I hope it's better than iTunes, I imagine it will be, given what they're constructing.
[citation][nom]Ohmybad[/nom]will it work with the 2 Zune HDs i own that are now paper weights??[/citation]
Doubtful. Do those go along with the Beta Max and HD DVD Player that are now door stops (or boat anchors)?
[citation][nom]echondo[/nom]Why name it "Xbox" Music anyway? Why not "Windows Music". Sounds so much more simpler and professional.[/citation]
Because you are suppose to use your Xbox console to stream the music. Microsoft wants us to get away from using our PCs and use their Surface Tablets, Windows Phones and/or the Xbox 360, hence Windows 8.
[citation][nom]TheCapulet[/nom]Because everyone already perceives the Zune brand as an utter failure. So instead of committing the hard work to fixing that brand, they fall back on another one. We see what you did there, MS.[/citation]
Same since Zune was not THAT bad. They did not do much to advertise the thing either.
I am not a big fan of EVERYTHING being called Xbox now either.
Yes it's bad they went with xbox.... Heck apple and Microsoft should both stay out of music... But considering the train wreck iTunes has always been, and Microsoft's massive market share advantage on real systems it makes sense. And they need to offer something for windows 8.
The reality is you're a fool to use ANY OS specific app that locks you in to using purchased media only on their platform
Whilst I agree iTunes is mostly kack, I like the Air Streaming functionality which lets you play music on all your Air devices in the house simultaneously while controlling everything from an iPad/iPhone. I'd like to move away completely from the Apple eco system but are there any alternatives to this?
Just buy of off amazon, i don't see the point of this and isn't Pandora like $1 a month? I can purchase my music, go to amazon, download it, back it up, transfer to any device i want, mac, linux, windows or actually just stream it from my xbox since it connected to my PC through the network. Like others have said, it really is not that hard at all anymore to setup an FTP to have access to your tunes anywhere you are (internet connectivity a must obviously).