The problems start with the download. 19MB? What for? I’m downloading a music player and web browser. This is not necessary. But I can handle it, as long as the program is good.
Too bad it sucks. When I first opened it, the window was way too small. My attempts at resizing the window resulted in redraw rates slower than anything I’ve seen since I threw out my old Pentium 2 box. Why is this? Must be the non-standard Mac-like interface, which results in a window which redraws slowly, cannot be maximized, and does not conform to my Windows color settings. Drop-down menus have cool looking Mac-style graphics… until you click on them. There’s no graphical response, and the menu is presented in the standard Windows style. But hey, it’s OK, as long as the actual store is good.
But it’s not. Here’s a shitty deal: Blur’s Think Tank. The album is $16.99 at iTunes. It’s $3.00 cheaper at Amazon or Best Buy (which has free shipping). And the selection blows. Matador recently joined the iTunes store. A search for Yo La Tengo produces four albums. eMusic has 12, all on Matador. I purchased three CDs today at Best Buy, only one of which is available at the iTunes Music Store. And even if I did find something I liked (and I’ll admit that I did), I wouldn’t buy it. Apple’s AAC files work on iPods only. Nothing else.
If you’re looking for a poorly made application and a music store with occasionally questionable pricing and a semi-complete selection of major label music that’s only compatible with one brand of digital music players, you’re in luck. But me, I’ll stick with stores and eMusic for now.