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Old 05-02-2010, 04:00 AM
Adam Krebs
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Default The State of Subscription Services, As Outlined by a Seattlite

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.seattleweekly.com/2010-04-28/music/rhapsody-in-zune/' target='_blank'>http://www.seattleweekly.com/2010-0...apsody-in-zune/</a><br /><br /></div><p>"<em>Months later, I was sitting at Caf&eacute; Presse reading an article that compared the songwriter Holly Miranda to Nina Simone. Normally, I would have added Miranda to my [LP]&nbsp;look-for list. Since I was in a wi-fi hot spot, I turned to my Zune, browsed the collection, and downloaded records from Miranda's former band, the Jealous Girlfriends, and a refresher course on Nina Simone. The albums&mdash;and any subsequent tracks I picked up that month&mdash;were all covered through Zune Pass.</em>"</p><p>&nbsp;<img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1272768420.usr495.jpg" style="border: 0;" width="500" />&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle Weekly's Chris Kornelis shares&nbsp;a recent anecdote with his positive Zune Pass experience and an overview of the subscription landscape.&nbsp;If you can wade through the thick hipster smarm on the first page, it's actually a decent read. And while not heaping praise on the Zune device, he seems to come away with a generally good attitude about the experience. He also discusses the competition from fellow Seattle company Rhapsody and what the future holds with&nbsp;Android and iPhone apps. Like Kornelis, more and more I'm realizing that "owning" music (downloading a la carte) isn't as important as I once thought. Tastes change, collections get too large, and computers get upgraded. Having access to thousands of songs on-demand is definitely the direction of the market. The question remains which company will lead us there.</p>
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