Written by Brett McKay
So everyone is talking about the unveiling of Apple’s iPhone. I’ve got to admit, it looks pretty slick. However, I’ll be passing. First, it’s going to be expensive: $600. Yikes! Second, Apple has turned into the Microsoft of digital music. They have a stronghold over it, and it looks like they’re not loosening their grip one bit. There was an interesting article in the New York Times today about Apple’s “crippleware.” Basically, Apple has set it setup so that consumers who buy and download music from iTunes can only play those downloads on their iPod. Additionally, you can’t play songs that you purchase from other download stores on your iPod. So if you buy an iPod, you’re stuck downloading from Apple. What a scam.
Alpha Geek at Lifehacker made a strong case that buying CD’s is preferable to downloads for the simple fact that you have more control with what you do with them. One of the problems with downloads is that it’s a pain in the butt to get your songs back if for some reason your computer crashes and you lose them. If you had the CD, you can just rip it again.
When it gets down to it’s a personal choice. But if you want to save some money and want the liberty to do with your digital music as you please, steer clear of the iPhone.