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The Joys of iTunes, Or, How I Purchased my First Song

Published August 13, 2009 - 0 Comments

I’ve bought a lot of music over my lifetime.  A LOT of music.  I’ve thrown away my fare share of $20 bills for CDs that contained only 1 or 2 songs that I listened to.  After moving around a bit, I still have several boxes full of CDs. They can actually get kinda heavy!

But now we’re digital, and I think that every song I’ve ever listened to fits quite easily on my iPod Nano.  It’s an amazing little device, and I’m sorry that it took me so long to get sucked into the world of Apple.  I used to think that my previous mp3 players were everything that I wanted in a portable music player.  Until I got my Nano.  Now I see how naive I was.

One of the great things that Apple has done is create iTunes, which integrates seamlessly with Windows and my iPod.  This is nothing new.  It’s been around for years, and I’ve used it to load music onto my Nano, and get free podcasts to listen or watch.  But I’ve never actually purchased anything through the iTunes music store.

Until now.

And I have to say.  I love it.

I stopped at Shoppers last month, and bought a $15 prepaid iTunes music store card.  I was interested in looking for a couple of music videos, and after creating my account, and activating the card, I found exactly what I was looking for within seconds.  The prices were very reasonable.  I purchased 3 music videos.

  • The Latency – Tonight I Love You $1.49
  • Mika – Happy Ending $1.49
  • The New Cities – Deadend Countdown $2.29

They videos play nicely not only on my iPod and computer, but can also be authorized to play on up to 5 computers.  And even better, Deadend Countdown is DRM-free and plays on my XBox as well!  I wish that I had the option to purchase the others DRM-free.

So that got me thinking, if purchasing music videos was that easy, what about regular music files?  I had a list of songs that I either have not been able to find elsewhere, or the quality wasn’t nearly as good as I would have liked.  So I again decided to turn to the iTunes music store.

  • Avril Lavigne – Keep Holding On  $0.99
  • Lenny Kravitz – Again  $1.29

I wish that there was more consistency in the pricing.  I’m not sure what the difference is.  I have yet to try the songs on anything other than my iPod and computer, so it might be that the Lenny Kravitz song is DRM-free.  I keep forgetting to check.  If so, it will be well worth the additional $0.30.

Then for the big test.  For the last 2 months, I’ve been watching ads for So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Season 2.  It has an incredibly catchy song playing in the promo.  Something that I’ve never heard before.  It took less than 5 mins to find a newsgroup where someone had the name of the particular song, and another 5 mins of looking through the iTunes store to find the exact remixed version of the song.  Another 2 mins for the download to complete and synch with my iPod.  Done.  Amazing!

  • Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me (featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome) [Jason Nevins remix] – $0.99

I think that I’ve just found my new best friend!  And these prepaid iTunes cards are the perfect gift if you’re looking for something different.  :lol: