Friday, October 06, 2006


Yaser Anwar

I've actually written a thesis on the changes mp3 players have gone over the last three years as a uni. project.

Part of this thesis was a survey of student tastes and to gauge affordibility. Based on my results more than 80% of the people would not pay over 7-8$ a month for music which they can get for free online. If they really like a song, higher chances are they will buy it & if they like more than one song of an album, the probability of purchase doubles.

Other than that, university students like ease of use, and Apple is by far the # 1 choice due to its patented controls on the iPod.

In Canada, the laws don't permit the music companies to search an individual's personal collections, whereas in US you can get fined if they discover illegal downloads.

A while back Yahoo had a good offer, if I remember correctly, of 60$ a year for music, that was pretty good.

Personally, I wouldn't want to pay more than 10$ a month for any subscriptions to music services nor would I like pre-loaded stuff. As it becomes a hassle to delete the stuff of.


I have one of the new Sansa Rhapsody players - the e260R (4GB) model. It came with a ton of stuff on it, which was cool for about an hour. Then I couldn't wait to clear it off and make it my own.

Once I hooked it up to Rhapsody, it took about 45 seconds for me to delete all the preload stuff off the device. I can't complain about that!

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