When I’m sitting at a computer I can log in to Yahoo! Music Engine, queue up a bunch of my favourite tracks and go on with the rest of my day. It costs me $6.99 a month to stream any album in their 1mn song database. Prior to Yahoo’s release I subscribed to Real’s Rhapsody service which was equally useful albeit over-priced.
Then I bought an iPod. Turns out all the popular new unlimited music services use a DRM technology not compatible with iPod. So I find myself paying for this incredibly convenient service that I can only use at my computer then downloading the same music from some peer to peer service so I can play it on the go.
Seeing as how I pay a subscription to Yahoo for the same music I’ve got on my iPod one would think I’m not stealing. The problem is that the artists get paid every time I play a track on the music streaming service… they don’t make anything from the music sitting on my iPod.
So please Apple, let me play Janus DRM files on iPod or start providing a subscription music service.