Tuesday, January 31, 2006

"I wanna rock witcha baby..."

I feel a little bit like I'm cheating on Apple...cheating on steve jobs and, frankly, cheating on all of the other people in my life who I go on and on and on and on about my fave brands (of which, Apple is at the top of the pyramid. Other faves: Jet Blue, Commerce Bank, Tivo & the Container Store).

Anyhoo, back to my Apple mistress. The site isn't super well designed and the functionality isn't great, but mP3 search has something that makes up for all that: .10 songs. Yep, folks, you heard me right, you can download an entire album for pretty much the cost of one song on itunes. Why are the songs so cheap? No freakin clue, but then I don't really give a rat's ass. It's a Russian site, and you know those Ruskies like to march to the beat of their own drum.

I do realize there are those of you out there who still download songs (and video and computer programs and porn and all sorts of stuff for free) and I totally salute you. Maybe you are smarter than I am...or more patient, but I just have not figured out a way to do that easily that avoids crappy versions of all of the above and wasted time downloading. I was willing to pay .99 a song to avoid it, so .10 sounds pretty darn dreamy.

You also might be wondering if its safe to give your credit card info away to some random, foreign bargain basement mp3 site. Though I can't really answer your question, I can say that I've already braved the waters and everything has turned out fine. T-minus 7 hours, and my identity has not be stolen yet.

You should also know that getting the songs into itunes isn't quite as easy as it normally is and the artist/song/album field don't automatically fill in properly, but again people, for .10 seems like its worth a couple extra strokes at the ole' keyboard. OH! And for $30 (which, according to my shoddy math is 300 songs) you get 30 songs free. They also seem to have a number of cool, live albums of many of our fave artists that I have not seen round these parts (guess they're European?).

* A special shout out to my friend Blake Levin for tipping me off about this little gem. Blake also introduced me to my fiance Greg, so his shout outs should really be reaching epic proportions.

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