It was recently said to me that I was surely anti-Apple as I didn’t have an iPod, a Mac or use iTunes.
Well, although I do have some computers running Windows, I also run Linux as well on others. Oh, and I don’t have any kind of Zune either or an XBox.
It’s not that I am against these products, but that I simply don’t need them.
I’ve gone down the Windows route for nearly a quarter century. It’s been a lousy OS much of the time, only really getting better when XP came along. Even so, it’s the only Microsoft product I have that I’ve paid for. No, I haven’t pirated the rest, I simply don’t use them. I find OpenOffice to be a fine product and it does everything I need.
I do less and less local document processing these days anyway with much more being cloud based. Same goes for email. I simply can’t justify $00′s of dollars on MS Office. I don’t have the bother of sync issues either.
As for the audio players, I have a perfectly good Blackberry Curve that provides me with reasonable audio and video playback, so why spend money on and carry about another device? It also links with my bluetooth car audio system.
So no, I’m not anti-Apple,or even Microsoft I just don’t need the products.
Oh, by the way, I didn’t write this blog post on an Apple, Microsoft or Linux system. Nope. The Blackberry scored again!
When I first got an MP3 player, I thought it would be a good idea. $14.99 gave me access to a whole lot of music, and I didn’t have to fork out 99 cents a tune, like iTunes. Anyway, iTunes is no use for me, as I don’t have and don’t have any plans to buy an iPod. My little Sandisk mp240 was only $38.99 and does me fine.
Another reason for cancelling Napster was that DRM sucks. I knew that already, the same as most of you surely do, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway. I didn’t really build up much of a Napster library anyway, so the few dozen tunes that will now cease to work aren’t going to cause me to lose any sleep.
It was a pain in the butt playing DRM music on the computers anyway. You can use up to three on an account, but I dislike Windows Media Player, preferring Winamp, which didn’t like playing the Napster stuff, and I use linux machines for the most part anyhow.
I’ve already bought some non DRM music from Amazon, which is a far better proposition, as I can do whatever I want with them, including playing them on any of the computers in the home; the Sandisk, or my Blackberry. The Blackberry is really very useful, as I can get reasonable quality sound via a pair of Motorola HT820 Bluetooth Headphones, and I can also use it as an audio source in the car, as my car audio is AD2P equipped as well. The Blackberry isn’t DRM capable though, and that was the final reason for cancelling the Napster subscription.
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I like a wide variety of music. As I’ve mentioned in previous postings, I haven’t bought a CD in years, however, I do subscribe to Napster. No, not the bad old P2P Napster, but the legal one. It’s $14.99 a month, for as much music as you care to download and listen to on your computer or your mp3 player. So DRM rears it’s ugly head, but you can always buy the downloads separately without it.
Alan Jackson is a country artist I’ve liked for a number of years. Up-tempo and mostly foot tapping light songs, not too much of the dog died stuff, and this is one of Alan’s brightest albums, and it’s also a whole album, and his first album too, that’s full of entirely original songs.
You can listen to the album here….
Listen to these tracks on Napster:
Good Time by Alan Jackson
Small Town Southern Man by Alan Jackson
I Wish I Could Back Up by Alan Jackson
Country Boy by Alan Jackson
Right Where I Want You by Alan Jackson
1976 by Alan Jackson
When The Love Factor’s High by Alan Jackson
Long Long Way by Alan Jackson
Sissy’s Song by Alan Jackson
I Still Like Bologna by Alan Jackson
Never Loved Before [Feat. Martina McBride] by Alan Jackson
Nothing Left To Do by Alan Jackson
Listen To Your Senses by Alan Jackson
This Time by Alan Jackson
Laid Back ‘n Low Key [Cay] by Alan Jackson
If You Want To Make Me Happy by Alan Jackson
If Jesus Walked The World Today by Alan Jackson
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