iTunes

I only started using the iTunes program a couple of days ago, and I have to say, it is a lot of fun. Being able to try out 30 second chunks of songs, and then buy the ones you want for the rather decent sum of 79p. Boy, I found some lovelies on there. Words will never tell how nice it is to hear the song Graceland by The Bible once again, and to hear a reggae versions of Radiohead's Karma Police and No Surprises. I'm sure many Radiohead anoraks will be spitting blood at the very thought, but it really is a great interpretation. There you go, Vic - there's one to try you!



Any downsides to iTunes? Yes. When you download the songs, they arrive, not in mp3 format, but in m4p format, which is a copy-protected audio format. Sadly, you can only play these m4p files either in iTunes itself, or your iPod. If, like me, you happen to own another brand of mp3 player, then you are immediately screwed. HOWEVER..... there is a way around it. And iTunes itself provides it. You first need to burn the songs to a CD, and then rip that CD back to your computer in mp3 format, thus allowing you to make full use of the songs that you have actually paid for!

I also managed to buy some of the tracks from the forthcoming remaster of ELO's Balance Of Power. All the bonus tracks and none of the ones I own already! And all before release date too.
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