Do you use iTunes?
February 18, 2007 4:12am CST
If yes, why o why?? For the life of me, I cannot understand iTunes' popularity. The concept of paying $0.99 for an mp3 is just bizarre, regardless of the cheap price. Apple could charge a farthing/mp3, and I would still refuse to pay. I know I'm treading on thin ice by indirectly promoting piracy, but to me, it's essentially the same as taping songs off the radio like my mom used to do before the age of CD's. So if you're an iTunes user, please enlighten me. Don't you realize you can get music for free using a thousand other sources? I don't really buy the argument that P2P file-sharing programs are dangerous because of viruses. I have friends that have been downloading music for years now (some with over 10,000 mp3s!) and have yet to hear of anybody having their computer go belly-up. Besides, there are still so many people that use P2P and share music, I would think natural selection would weed out the malicious files fairly quickly. Add to that the ubiquity of anti-virus software, and I think P2P is just as safe as any other public program. Oh, and I don't actually like music that much and have not downloaded music in over three years. I'm so boring, in fact, that I've been listening to the same homemade Sopranos soundtrack in my car for several months now. I must be one of the few twenty-somethings left that doesn't own an iPod and actually scoffs at it. Thus, I like to think I'm an unbiased observer of this digital music phenomenon.