This is not a real conversation.
Hey, Ipstenu! Did you see that ad?
For Napster? Yeah.
Do the math. How much will it cost to fill up your player? Apple (iTunes) + iPod (10,000 songs to fill an iPod) = $10,000 Napster (napster to go) + MP3 Player (Your choice of a million songs on your compatible MP3) = $15/month
First off, that should be Apple (iTunes) x iPod, you ass wipe, since it’s $.99 a song, but whatever.
It looks okay, doesn’t it? $15/month for all the songs I want? Bitchin’!
Yeah, but you may as well get XM radio for that. Then you can get more than just music.
We’re not all geeks, Ipstenu. I don’t care about NPR and that BS.
Suit yourself. At least with FM radio I can keep listening if I don’t pay.
Hey, good point … What if I cancel my subscription?
The music goes away. It’s not yours, you were renting it.
Oh, so I’ll burn it to a CD and then cancel!
Sure, but you have to pay $.99/song to ‘own’ it and put it on the CD.
Hold it, $15/month and $.99 a song? Isn’t that-
What iTunes Music Store (iTMS) does? I know, shocking.
I heard you can only burn a CD a certain number of times from iTunes.
Sort of. You can burn a playlist 7 times, or so. But then you can make, you know, a new one.
Hey, that’s cool!
Isn’t it? And you can keep the music that way forever. Unlike your pay per month.
Well, I don’t care. I’ll listen to the music for as long as I pay.
And you were dissing XM/Satellite radio because…?
… Okay, point.
At least the radio’s honest, and you can record it.
And portable. This is a good point.
Have you thought about the long run with Napster?
Long term … What do you mean?
Well, let’s say you go with Napster for two years. That’ll cost you what?
It’ll cost me $15/month times 24 months, for $360.
If you buy 15 songs a month on iTMS for the same time, it’ll cost you …
You’re making me do math.
Yes, well. That’s 15 songs times $.99 times 24. $356.
Oh… That’s actually cheaper.
I know. And what happens when you cancel your Napster subscription because your SO gets mad about the $15 a month?
I … don’t have any music.
Suck to be you, won’t it?
I hate you.
Why? I saved you $4! Get me a froffy drink! And hey, in Napster’s defense, they’re not citing that you can only keep your music for as long as you pay. And what will happen if Napster goes away, ladies and gentleman?
It’ll be deader than BetaMax. Shit.
Nah, it’s okay. So … about XM radio.