Nary had I decided NOT to write about my first time experience using Amazon MP3 downloads that I decided I couldn’t resist. Why? Because Amazon seems so vastly simpler than iTunes, at least in my case where I am buying songs one by one.
And I’m in an anti-iTunes mood because:
1. I think my latest version of iTunes has a memory leak or bug that causes my XP computer to slow down.
2. Because Apple’s brand promise is that “it just works.” But it’s not just working.
I use iTunes infrequently enough that I forgot the ID to purchase is your full email address. Today I had 2 iTunes errors, one that my account has a problem. The problem? I needed to enter a full email address (simple, just detect an @ is missing right?).
And then this time there was an “unknown error” once I was logged in so I couldn’t complete the purchase.
So in my desperation at wanting this one particular song, I “discovered” Amazon MP3 downloads in a search. It just worked:
1. Clicked to purchase
2. Installed the Amazon app. (which acts as a utility).
3. Purchase using my Amazon card on file.
4. The music file automatically installs in your iTunes directory.
Most importantly – I don’t have to open a desktop application to do this.
One shortcoming of iTunes (which I admit I’m not sure if Apple has fixed) is that to buy iTunes gift certificates you need the iTunes client. That means mom will never be buying me a gift certificate.
In short, this rant means: I’m more prone to buying Amazon stock than Apple at this point even though I know MP3 downloads do not a business make. They do contribute a lot though.