Could Yahoo Music become Apple iPod's Achilles's heel?

Could Yahoo Music become Apple iPod's Achilles's heel?

Summary: I hate my CDs. I hate them because they take up several large boxes and they follow me from apartment to apartment.


I hate my CDs. I hate them because they take up several large boxes and they follow me from apartment to apartment.

I ripped some of them onto my hard drive--but my jukebox is scattered across several laptops from different eras of my life. I've never been able to find the time to consolidate and organize my music collections.

I hate my CDs even more now. I bought a year subscription to Yahoo Music just before the holidays and for $5 per month I have access to an amazing amount of music streamed into my hifi.

A friend came over and we were listening to bands from when we were both in London in the early 1980s. I might have been able to find some of that music in my boxes of CDs, but probably not, because the CD wouldn't be in the right case. Yet on Yahoo Music it took just a few clicks.

And exploring new music is easy through its recommendation engine. Yes, it is a bit slow in bringing up playlists and biographies and such. And its recommendations are clunky, but that stuff will improve.

Also, this is incredibly disruptive to FM music radio. I was listening to one of my favorite FM music stations but some of the advertising became incredibly annoying and I had to switch it off.  I went to the radio station's website, looked at its current playlist and clicked it into Yahoo Music. Music w/o annoying advertising for $5/month. . . priceless.

And because it is a web service, I can access it from any computer. I can access it from your home, which makes for a brilliant sales strategy.

You can even load music onto a portable MP3 player--except for an Apple iPod. And that is why I am giving up my Apple iPod.  Apple won't allow Yahoo Music onto iPod because it has its iTunes store to protect.

If I were trying to unseat Apple's iPod iron grip on the industry I would ban iPod from Yahoo Music and only allow it on my player(s).

I give Yahoo Music 8 from 10 clicks in my consumer web services category.
 (8 from 10 = 2 - the smaller number of clicks the better :-)

Topic: Legal

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  • Translation

    I want to be perceived as insightful and cutting edge by finding some way of dissing what the majority of people like.
    • Hmm, which is better?

      A player that only works with one music service.


      A player that works with every music service.

      I know, the one that looks slick and has a cool advertising campaign!
      • The one that JUST WORKS

        Granted, we just rip from CDs, but I bought my wife an iPod because it *just works* - it's easy to figure out and use.
  • Please look up the definition/spelling of Achilles' heel

    Achilles' heel - A seemingly small but actually crucial weakness.

    It is a weakness. Yahoo could not become Apple's weakness. Perhaps they could take advantage of Apple's weakness, but not be the weakness.

    Could his knowledge of English become this writer's Achilles' heel?
    • Pedantic much?

      1. The writer's spelling is technically correct, although not the usual spelling of the phrase. In order to form possessives in English, we add apostrophe-s to singular nouns and a simple apostrophe to most plural nouns. Achilles is singular, so adding apostrophe-s is correct. Some writers seem to feel that it is sufficient to add only an apostrophe to singular proper nouns that end in 's', hence the popular spelling.

      c.f. e.g.

      2. If you actually read the article, the weakness being referred to is Apple's adamant refusal to interoperate with services other than their own, with Yahoo's music service being given as a primary example. I would have to agree with that estimation because (as has been demonstrated repeatedly throughout history) allowing or encouraging interoperability is a wise business strategy, and deliberately stifling interop- is a poor one.
  • iPod can be a neutral player

    I configured my Mini iPod to be read as another disk drive by my PC and I can drag and drop my MP3 and WAV music collection in it, and play them back sucessfully without any problem. Make sure you use you degragment your iPod with a professional defragmenting utility to make it more efficient.
  • How lazy are some people?

    How hard is it to rip a collection of CD's to your hard disk, and then if you get a new computer, transfer them over a network cable to the new machine? I just got my brand new Alienware Area-51 and all it took was a couple clicks to get everything copying over. Walk away for a little while, come back, and over 3000 songs moved from one machine to another, just like that!
  • Yahoo Music

    I cannot imagine any of the tracks from the current gaggle of "bands", huge list of totally untalented singers we have these days or the recent American Idol winners would warrant two seconds of worrying about listening to them in any dwelling, apartment, house, whatever, I might be living in. In fact, it would be a blessing if I could not find any of those CDs.
  • I sure hope so.

    The iPod is a heel on the MP3 player industry. While it is a decent player, though obviously not the best available, it's downfall is it's over zealous DRM management. That and mediocer sound output in comparison to other available models. iPod sells well due to the HUGH amounts of money the RIAA and other music rights interests put into advertising for this restrictive player. Bought and iPod? Then you've been bought out.