Scooby Snax: I don’t like math


Bad Math: I had the same thoughts Kevin did when I saw the Napster Superbowl ad telling me to do the math.  “If you sign up when you are 15 years old. By the time your my age (30), you’ll have spent $2,700 to not have your music collection in your physical possession.” I buy singles on iTunes, but I still prefer to buy music in a physical form that allows me the ultimate portability over time.  Maybe ours is the last generation that cares about really owning our digital media. If this model takes off then I’ll take it as one of the first signs that I’m “just getting old and don’t understand”.

Comments (8)

  1. I know what you mean… but I already own very little of my digital media. =(

    All my software is "licenced" and while I have never fully read through a EULA I’m sure the company reserves the right to revoke the licence at any time.

    I just look at it [napster] like Netflix: In return for giving up ownership, I get more than I would buy traditionally.

  2. I disagree with you in some ways. I have 400+ CDs that I care about. Usually from artists that when their new CDs ship, I walk over to the brick and mortar and slap down a twenty.

    On the other hand, I also have a subscription to Rhapsody (listen.com) for ten bucks a month that covers me for most any tunes. I don’t want to pay full price for disks I don’t really care about, but I do for others.

    Kind of like Netflix versus ownership. If I had to purchase all of the DVD’s I have watched over the last year, I would be broke, but I still have well over a hundred that I will watch over and over.

    Netflix has just gotten more attractive to me as a replacement for Rhapsody, since it ties me to a computer, and this does not.

  3. Josh Ledgard says:

    Ok, I think you’ve got valid points with the netflix analogy. Maybe it’s the price point that rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it could be cheaper, but give you less. I’m thinking maybe you could "rent" 100 or so tracks at a time for around 5 dollars per month. Sort of like controlling the play list for your own radio station.

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  5. I absolutely agree. If I pay for music, I want to own it.

  6. Dating says:

    Bad Math: I had the same thoughts Kevin did when I saw the Napster Superbowl ad telling me to do the math. "If you sign up when you are 15 years old. By the time your my age (30), you’ll have spent $2,700 to not have your music collection in your

  7. Weddings says:

    Bad Math: I had the same thoughts Kevin did when I saw the Napster Superbowl ad telling me to do the math. "If you sign up when you are 15 years old. By the time your my age (30), you’ll have spent $2,700 to not have your music collection in your