Music Store - Napster - Musicmatch
Rhapsody - Wal
Mart - BuyMusic - EMusic
does Wal Mart offer?
Wal Mart offers songs for purchase from their website.
How much does it cost?
Wal Mart sells songs for $.88 per song and albums for $9.44 though album pricing
What rights do I have with the songs?
The songs you buy you can burn to a CD, transfer to a wma player and listen
to on up to three computers. Wal Mart’s license was more restrictive
than the other services because it said it only allowed 10 burns to a CD
while the others just limit the playlists not the songs.
What about selection?
The selection at Wal Mart was the worst out of any of the services tested.
Like Musicmatch, it did not carry any songs from Green Day or Tenacious D.
In addition, it only offers edited versions of songs that contain explicit
File Type: Songs are protected .wma files ripped at 128k.
What I did?
I bought one song for $.88.
Songs bought from Wal Mart:
Sheryl Crow – Soak Up the Sun
General observations: The Wal Mart store is the only one
reviewed that does not require the downloading of any extra software.
However, unlike the wma files from Napster and Musicmatch they would
only play on Windows Media Player. Trying to play them on Musicmatch
crashed the program. Store felt much like a Wal Mart brick-and-mortar
store with songs difficult to find and not arranged nicely. Thirty-second
previews of songs are available. Searches did not show songs not
available on the service.
Problems encountered: None.
Who would choose Wal Mart?
Someone who does not want to download extra software. Someone looking for the
Who does not want to use Wal Mart?
Someone who wants a wide selection. Someone who wants unedited songs. Someone
who wants to find new music. Someone who wants a streaming service or radio
Store Location: Walmart.com
Screenshots: To get to the Beastie Boys screen took an extra
click over the other services.
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