Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hey Apple: 5 Computers per iTunes Account Not Enough!

Hey Apple! I've bought tons of DRM-protected music on your iTunes store. We are a family of four and I pay for everybody's favorite tunes. You think in this modern mobile era, that we might have a few extra devices around on which we'd like to enjoy our music?!!

Here's where I think Apple is missing the boat by not having a subscription music service. I'm consuming more and more of my music using streaming services like Pandora and Rhapsody and the online player for Sirius. Why? Because all my iTunes are on my one iMac and I'm out of authorizations on iTunes. (I even have one used up that I can't identify and I have to wait a few more months to use my start over nuclear option again). I'm finding I like Rhapsody more and more, because I can log into the site and stream music to a PC or Mac or even my Linux-loving eee PC! That way, I don't have to worry about being able to enjoy tunes with whatever device I happen to grab.

Apple is now the 800 lb guerilla of the music world, but they need to rethink this whole 5 computer limit and their refusal to go with streaming subscription music. Come on Apple! Make my day!


Unknown said...

I have been thinking the same thing lately. Apple would do well to offer a subscription package, and increase the computer limit to 10 as part of the deal.

Anonymous said...

Only 4 years later, even a single person who's heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem can't get away with 5 devices now.

Myself, for example:
Macbook (work)
iPhone 3gs

I'm now maxed. I wanted to get a second AppleTV for the basement rec room, but I'll have to disable my iPhone to do so. What gives? Smarten up, Apple.

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