I used the iTunes Music Store for the first time today. I actually didn’t want to install it, but Apple is bundling it with QuickTime these days, so you have to get one to get the other. Then my wife, Annie, heard about it, and she wanted to try it.
It was a great experience. It’s pretty much a matter of creating an account, finding a song, then clicking “Buy Song.” You can even surpress the “Do you really want this song?” warning so you can just click with wild abandon, racking up $0.99 charges right and left.
The real test came when I taught Annie how to use it (because, you know, you can never have enough Celine Dion). She took to it right away. The search has a spellcheck feature, which is handy when trying to spell “Alanis Morrissette,” and the idea of double-clicking a song to hear a clip is very intutive.
Annie doesn’t know the names of any of the songs she likes, but she knows what they sound like, so she just kept double-clicking until she heard what she wanted, then she hit “Buy Song.”
The only glitch we ran into was that we first fired it up under my Windows account, logging into iTunes as Annie. Now, when we open iTunes under Annie’s Windows account, again logging in to iTunes under her account, none of the “Purchased Music” we bought under my Windows account is there. For some reason, the purchased music is tied to a specific Windows account, not an iTunes account. I’m not quite sure what to do about this — if you know, drop me a line.
Some music isn’t available as single tracks, for some reason. For instance, Annie wanted a song off the De-lovely soundtrack, but it was marked “Album Only.” Depressing, but I’m sure there’s some high-powered business reason for it.
We haven’t tried burning anything to a CD yet, but when I do, I’ll let you all know how it goes. Hats off to Apple — iTunes is a great piece of work.