Amazon launched its DRM-free music store and all you need is a lightweight downloader application.
A separate downloader does sound stupid, any number of ways to save it to the local computer.
Others have questioned why Amazon has a downloader app, but at least the e-commerce giant isn't alone. Turns out these extra applications (which happen to ride shotgun with digital media) are starting to add up --and I'm getting sick of them.
- To watch a full episode at ABC.com you need to download a player and restart. This wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have a handful of players already installed. Do I really need one more?
- CBS.com requires me to download a Real Player plug-in to view an episode.
- And when NBC launches its full ad-supported episodes it too will have a player.
Wasn't the Flash player supposed to take care of these little headaches? Apparently not when everyone is trying to reinvent the wheel. Bottom line: A little more focus on the user experience and a little less attention to requiring various apps would be a boon to customers.