Stored.

Yesterday I bashed the Norwegian iTunes Store for their limited collection of music and used Alien Ant Farm as an example; the iTunes Store didn’t have the latest release. So the conclusion was that old fashioned music stores generally have a fresher selection and it’s therefore better to buy CDs there than shopping online at the iTunes Store.

Today I stand, oh, so corrected.

After visiting two stores downtown, I realised what one of the major advantages of the iTunes Store is: It never runs out of CDs.

Download.

The CAPTCHA certainly helped on all the comment SPAM that was pouring in. Since I implemented the CAPTCHA scheme, not a single comment SPAM has been posted. Excellent. I know that it can be a pain in the ass, but I hope you can cope with it. Thanks to Edward Eliot for his PHP library.

And now for something completely unrelated.

When it comes to music, I’ve always bought CDs – never download only from any online stores. I enjoy having the CD, even if it’s not strictly necessary. It looks nice in my CD rack, but I haven’t used my CD player in almost two years now, I think. I buy the CD, rip it, transfer the songs to my laptops and to the iPod and put the CD in my collection.

As it is now, I guess it’s just a matter of time before I stop buying CDs and buy all my music online instead. The reason is the availability. Since I moved to Mac, I have to use iTunes as my music player and the iTunes store is dangerously easily available. For instance, I’ve been wanting to buy a couple of Alien Ant Farm for a while now and they are only a few clicks available for almost half the price of the price of a CD I buy in a record store.

There are, of course, obvious cons when buying music from the iTunes Store. First of all, the tracks can only be downloaded once, so I need to keep backups of all my music on CDs or DVDs anyway. The songs I download from the iTunes Store can only be played on iPods. But that’s not really a problem because I have an iPod and since I’m very please with it, my next portable music player will probably also be an iPod. If I, for some reason, want to transfer everything to another player, there are tools that will enable me to remove the DRM protection and convert the files to other formats if necessary.

Another con is the Norwegian iTunes Store’s somewhat limited selection of music. Take the previously mentioned band Alien Ant Farm, for instance. They have release three albums, but only two of them are available in the store; their latest release is missing.

Still, I guess it’ll soon be bye-bye for the beloved CD. It’s the technical evolution, I guess.

You Can Spell Tunes Without the I.

After some late hour bug hunting I sat down and surfed around a bit on the Apple web site to have a look at their new stuff. It’s all nice, but little I can afford or need, so I didn’t really get into any of the details.

The most interesting new release is iTunes 7, which I downloaded on Wednesday, For some reason the update has made iTunes users all over the globe wish Apple took it back to the drawing board. I really can’t see what all the commotion is about; iTunes is still a crappy piece of software and always was. I feel, however, that Apple is getting close to an what can best be described as an acceptable media player – or maybe it’s just me getting used to it.

For instance, they added Coverflow. For a brief second, I thought that had stolen the whole idea, but according to the Coverflow website, the authors got all the credit and money they deserved for their excellent idea.

We are pleased to announce that all CoverFlow technology and intellectual property was recently sold to Apple. It has been incorporated into the latest version of iTunes.

Good going, Apple! But why the hell can’t you please let me define the value of the streaming buffer manually? That’s the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night.

Their implementation of Coverflow downloads cover images from the iTunes Store. Problem is that it uses your local iTunes Store, in my case the Norwegian one, a store with a very limited international collection. So now I have to go through my entire collection agaiiin to grab the cover images from Amazon.com. Luckily, there are a couple of widgets that make the process a bit less painful.

You might be wondering why I’m not spending my Friday night doing something else than complaining about software. I’ll tell you why. It’s the great1 thing about being the lucky winner of the company’s support position this week!