Tesco and Amazon mp3 download services

Not sure how long these have been around, but Tesco and Amazon now both have mp3 download services.

Tesco's site is abysmal. So slow as to be unusable, particularly when you're doing a search; has a weird tilting album cover browser; and an over-reliance on Javascript for what should be simple links (note to web developers: if you're fetching a new page of results, use a frigging link, not Javascript). 77p per track is too much (compare with eMusic's 16p per track, albeit for stuff most people don't want to buy). All in all, a disaster.

Amazon's is far, far better. But the issue here is the price: it's still TOO EXPENSIVE (unless you're buying really common chart stuff, when it might be cheaper). For most things, it's 79p per track. It doesn't take a genius to work out that if I can buy The Early Years by Roxy Music for £6.98 on CD, or download it as mp3s FOR THE SAME PRICE, I'm going to buy the CD and wait two days for it to arrive. I'd rather have the physical object, thanks very much. How complicated is it to work this out? If the mp3s were around £3, I'd have bought them: immediacy + lower price - transience of medium > possession of the physical object - higher price - 2 days waiting.

Of course, the temptation is always there to skulk around bittorrent sites looking for it. Bear in mind I already own all the tracks on that CD, across all the early Roxy Music albums. I resent having to pay at all: I've already paid once. Don't get me started.

Comments

When you know its too

When you know its too expensive, you will easily get the whole point out of a good download service. I know its pretty hard to get a lift out of all the things in all Amazon services. - Feed the Children Reviews