I’ve just bought Taxiride’s ‘Imaginate’ album from the iTMS. It’s the first thing I’ve bought there.
Aside from being $9.99 + Applicable State and Federal Taxes poorer, I don’t feel any different.
I was tossing up whether or not to use the iTMS… I sort of put it to myself that if they had a Taxiride album, I’d buy it. And they did – albeit only that one, plus a partial album of something else – so I kept up my end of the bargain.
I’m not a fan of the DRM in principal, but it’s hard to imagine how it would be a problem practically – all I want to do is play the songs on my Powerbook and my iPod. I’ll see how soundproof whatever place I move into is, and might invest in a decent stereo.
Anyway, I figure I’ll budget a little each week for iTMS stuff… say, two albums, which including tax comes in close enough to $25. I’ve accrued very little new music in the last six months or so, so there should be plenty for me to choose from.
Radio here sucks, too, much like in Australia – in fact the mainstream stations are strangely similar – but there’s major reception problems in my car… maybe that’s just the car. Anyway, since that’s my main source of new music exposure – and I also had Video Hits previously, but they don’t have that in the U.S., just MTV which doesn’t actually have music. 🙁
But, like all good online stores the iTMS has all the usual “if you liked this you’ll like…”, “today’s favourites”, etc. Hopefully that’ll be an effective way of finding new stuff.