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Yahoo Music Shutting Down, Users Going to Real

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the real-world-music dept.

Yahoo! 128

Tech.Luver sends in word of Yahoo's decision to exit the subscription music business. Yahoo's current subscribers — the company doesn't disclose how many it has — will be switched over to Real's Rhapsody service, and Yahoo will promote Real on its site. Yahoo had priced its subscription service significantly below Real's: $5.99 a month (if users pay a year in advance), vs. Rhapsody memberships at $12.99 a month and up. The Mercury News wonders how the Yahoo-Real deal would fare if Microsoft takes over — not well, the betting goes.

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Worst story ever (-1, Offtopic)

Monkey_Genius (669908) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300360)

The most ignored story ever on /.
Twenty minutes without a single post.
Good one, kdawg.

RealPlayer (4, Funny)

misleb (129952) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300400)

Does that mean users would be forced to use the abomination that is RealPlayer? All I can say is "Haha!"

Re:RealPlayer (2, Insightful)

numbsafari (139135) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300438)

I refuse to use any site that requires RealPlayer... Hence I don't use Amazon's song sampling...

I hate RealPlayer.

It would actually be a great thing for MS to take over Yahoo if only to help prevent the further spread of the virus that is RealPlayer.

Re:RealPlayer (3, Insightful)

mrxak (727974) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300578)

As much as I agree with you about RealPlayer being utterly evil, I still prefer the unstable tripod of Google-Microsoft-Yahoo to the cold war deadlock Google-Microsoft.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300934)

Are there any (major) sites still using Real as their video delivery of choice? They were on the ropes even before Flash video became all the rage, so I can only assume they have a couple of juicy patents that keep from being buried outright.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

Safety Cap (253500) | more than 6 years ago | (#22303456)

Are there any (major) sites still using Real as their video delivery of choice?

Unfortunately, yes: cartalk [cartalk.com] .

Re:RealPlayer (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 6 years ago | (#22304422)

I believe BBC does use Real player.

Re:RealPlayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22301888)

Amazon MP3 site uses flash. Or do you mean CD samplers?

Re:RealPlayer (1)

globaljustin (574257) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300474)

Sometimes I wonder if anyone uses realplayer anymore. I haven't given it a second thought since around '97 when I briefly used it before a buddy in the dorm showed me winamp (which I still use). The pop ups, adware, spyware, and invasiveness took such effort to use.

The true number of people who use it must be miniscule. Why would anyone ever use it?

Re:RealPlayer (5, Informative)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300510)

Real player no longer sucks and its the only player on Linux that has correct color calibration and brightness on my laptops.

IT no longer has spyware and adware but the reputation quite damned it. Its quite slim now and fast since the company went in a different direction a few years ago. ... no I dont use it anymore on Windows and prefer Itunes. Raphsody requires real player so some people still use it. My wife has it on her computer but she rarely uses it anymore.

Re:RealPlayer (2, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300654)

http://www.google.com/search?q=real+alternative [google.com]

I have it installed for when I run across the stray RealAudio or RealVideo file... but I can't recall the last time I did so on purpose.

I have checked out RealMedia Variable Bitrate [wikipedia.org] and I was very surprised how good the quality was compared to the shiatty RealVideo from days past.

Re:RealPlayer (4, Funny)

The Orange Mage (1057436) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300914)

I would have loved to read your post, but I waited five minutes for it to buffer and I got bored...

Re:RealPlayer (2, Funny)

BForrester (946915) | more than 6 years ago | (#22305916)

You'll see it next time you log in. The post has been linked to your taskbar, start menu, quicklaunch, desktop icon, will start with Windows, will integrate with your browser, and has already claimed default association with all known filetypes.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301014)

This may be true. However, it's far too late. Real were far, far too evil to ever be fully redeemed. Microsoft look like the Pirate Bay compared to Real at the height of their Shadow.

I am surprised about this move in some ways. Mainly because I'd forgotten about Real. I assumed they went out of business, as I've not seen any reference to them for at least two years. Certainly, I'd like to think they went out of business. I, for one, will never use their player again. Once bitten...

I'd trust Real as far as I would the RIAA starting up their own bittorrent site. There's a dark evil lurking in there somewhere still.

Re:RealPlayer (4, Informative)

Symbha (679466) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301448)

Not true...
Rhapsody requires the Rhapsody client, or the Rhapsody web plugin... but does not use Real Player.

I'm sure it uses the same tech...
However, I'm a Rhapsody subscriber, but I too refuse to install the Real Player.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

sremick (91371) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301506)

Agreed. RealPlayer works just great on my FreeBSD desktop. I don't mind it at all.

I'm happy they've cleaned up their player and are giving attention to people beyond Windows and Mac. I'd miss RealPlayer if it were to vanish, because goodness knows there'll never be a "Windows Media Player" for FreeBSD or Linux. Heh.

That said... RealPlayer is hardly my sole or even primary media player. ;)

Re:RealPlayer (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 6 years ago | (#22302048)

I use it to listen to NPR and it works fine for me on Linux and Vista. 2 versions ago sucked though.

Re:RealPlayer (4, Informative)

kcornia (152859) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300642)

Some of those of us who are willing to give people/things a second chance have been pleasantly surprised with current incarnations of RealPlayer. It is non-adware, non-spyware, light on the CPU, and Rhapsody is AWESOME.

I've bought five or six albums in the past few months, several from artists I'd never have listened to (Daft Punk, Modest Mouse, Big Audio Dynamite to name a few) if not for Rhapsody including them in custom channels that I built. Granted I'm buying the CDs because Infiniti SUCKS and can't play home grown CDs in their player without it breaking and they don't have an input jack, but the point is I'm getting exposed to a bunch of new music for the first time in years thanks to Rhapsody.

I actually feel bad for them for having to pay such a high price for their early bad decisions. I mean, I shit-canned them back in the late 90's when they pulled those stunts, but they've matured a lot, and are one of the most complete players out there (although .mov files have quit working on them recently).

I encourage those of you who still have bad memories of Real to read up on the changes and perhaps give them another shot. Rhapsody really is kick ass. I'm sitting here listening to my Sansa player that has 4GB of music that I don't own and loving every minute of it.

I even take it out when I run now, even though I still have to cart the iPod Nano for the running shoes/chip combo.

Re:RealPlayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22300938)

Some of those of us who are willing to give people/things a second^wfifteenth chance ...

FTFY

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FYI my captcha is "corrupts"

Re:RealPlayer (4, Interesting)

Seor Jojoba (519752) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300986)

I love Rhapsody. It has its problems, like forcing you to too frequently upgrade the software, but the basic subscription idea is great, and Rhapsody has a very good selection. You can pretty much just put in any artist, obscure or famous, and 19 times out of 20, their music pops up ready to listen to.

The reason that the pay subscription model is not insanely popular is probably because it is competing against the "free subscription" model, where you get all the same music, but for free. Who is offering that? Millions of torrent clients, spread across the internet. For myself, I guess I'll just be a chump and pay twelve bucks a month for all the music I could ever want and then some.

Re:RealPlayer (2, Informative)

webmaster404 (1148909) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301146)

The reason that the pay subscription model is not insanely popular is probably because it is competing against the "free subscription" model, where you get all the same music, but for free.


Not to mention its DRMed and may not work on your devices. When someone offers a subscription model DRM free service that works on Windows/Linux/Mac in whatever encoding you want FLAC/MP3/OGG I will sign up until then its again the "pirates" offer a better product on more then just price and if this continues I don't see how digital music will survive.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301324)

Pay subscriptions suck because when you quit paying all your music explodes.

I prefer the Amazon.com mp3 model.. no drm 256Kbps VBR mp3's. I have purchased at least 30 albums from them and a crapload of singles as well. It's great they work on my car stereo, audiotron, Lansonic DAS950, basically everything. and they cant take my music from me when they want to.

Re:RealPlayer (4, Insightful)

kcornia (152859) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301450)

This argument always fascinates me. The same is true of your cable TV, but I don't see constant bitching about the cable pay model. The music goes away if you stop paying because you're paying for a SERVICE, not for the music. If you want to pay for the music, then Amazon/iTunes is all there for you. But to buy just what I have in my sansa right now you'd be paying about 5-10 years worth of rhapsody monthly fees. Do you think you'll still want all that music that far in the future? I know I don't listen to many of my old CDs, so Rhapsody is great value for me.

And as far as the comment above this, you're asking the company to let you download whatever you want, whenever you want, as much as you want, in any bitrate/codec you want, on the HONOR system, the promise that you won't download it and then stop paying and share it with your friends?

DRM for music that you guy is lame, I agree. But DRM for music that you buy as a service makes total sense and I have no problem with it. Sure it would be nice if they could all agree so I didn't have to have both a Nano and a Sansa player. But Sansa players are 40 bucks and its plug and play from there so I'm not losing sleep over it.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

strabes (1075839) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301744)

Your comparison to cable TV is accurate except that you can't watch everything you see on TV multiple times unless you use a tivo system. So if you think about it cable TV is even worse. Regardless, this is the major reason why I don't use a subscription service.

Regarding your second paragraph, eMusic does just that. It's a subscription-based, DRM-free music service. You only get 192kbps mp3s but they are DRM free, meaning if you cancel your subscription you get to keep all your music. I prefer the old-fashioned method of actually buying the physical CD. Half the fun of it is opening the CD and looking through the booklet anyway.

Re:RealPlayer (3, Insightful)

Skynyrd (25155) | more than 6 years ago | (#22302462)

This argument always fascinates me. The same is true of your cable TV, but I don't see constant bitching about the cable pay model. The music goes away if you stop paying because you're paying for a SERVICE, not for the music. If you want to pay for the music, then Amazon/iTunes is all there for you. But to buy just what I have in my sansa right now you'd be paying about 5-10 years worth of rhapsody monthly fees. Do you think you'll still want all that music that far in the future? I know I don't listen to many of my old CDs, so Rhapsody is great value for me.

Yeah, but that argument doesn't hold water at all. Video is generally watched once or twice (with some exceptions) where music is listened to repeatedly. I want to rent video (because it's so much cheaper per viewing) and buy music (because I keep it and listen to it over and over, for years).

I can play MP3s in my living room (HTPC), bedroom (PC), truck (MP3 player/CD player), car (iPod + tape deck), motorcycle (cell phone + earbud) at work (thumb drive in my PC + speakers or iPod + speakers/earbuds) and on and on... I just don't have that flexibility with rental music. I'm also not interested in the "band of the week". I tend to listen to music for years, so renting doesn't do it for me. I guess if I was 15 again and listened to whatever the radio told me to, I'd rent.

My music collection is about 1,000 albums, and I've been buying CDs for 20 years (records for a few years before that).

If renting works for you, that's great. But the music/video comparison doesn't really work.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | more than 6 years ago | (#22307742)

Yeah, but that argument doesn't hold water at all. Video is generally watched once or twice (with some exceptions) where music is listened to repeatedly. I want to rent video (because it's so much cheaper per viewing) and buy music (because I keep it and listen to it over and over, for years).

No that idea doesn't appeal to you. Just because you are not the type of person to have a subscription service, does not mean the idea is far fetched. All it means is that you are different.

I can play MP3s in my living room (HTPC), bedroom (PC), truck (MP3 player/CD player), car (iPod + tape deck), motorcycle (cell phone + earbud) at work (thumb drive in my PC + speakers or iPod + speakers/earbuds) and on and on... I just don't have that flexibility with rental music. I'm also not interested in the "band of the week". I tend to listen to music for years, so renting doesn't do it for me. I guess if I was 15 again and listened to whatever the radio told me to, I'd rent.

So what? I can play subscription WMA in my living room (PC), daughter's room (PC), my car (Creative Zen), my wife's car (Sansa View), and my daughter has her own player (Creative Nano) all using ONE subscription account. So what's the big deal?

I also love how you equate the subscription service user to a mindless 15 year old. Just because you were a mindless 15 year old, doesn't necessarily we were all mindless when we were 15 years old. ;)

My music collection is about 1,000 albums, and I've been buying CDs for 20 years (records for a few years before that).

Why should I care about the size of your music collection? What does that prove? I own music too. I just supplement my music with subscription music.

If renting works for you, that's great. But the music/video comparison doesn't really work.

You haven't proved that the music/video comparison is a bad one. In fact, the only thing that you have stated is:

1. You prefer to buy music because you seem to like variety in movies but tend to listen repeatedly to the same song.

2. You listen to the same songs over-and-over again, while in your living room, bedroom, truck, car, motorcycle, and at work.

3. You eventually get tired of listening the same songs, and so you buy new albums and now you have 1000 albums laying around.

4. You had this habit for 20 years, and you do not like change.

5. Because you had this habit for 20 years, you think that this is the best way and you still don't see what all the fuss is about...

Did I miss anything?

Re:RealPlayer (1)

WaXHeLL (452463) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301468)

Except for the fact that when I did try to use Rhapsody six months ago, the software could never get past updating my Windows Media DRM.

Their tech support was of no help, and when I tried to cancel the free trial, they offered me an additional free month. I don't get the point of that considering that their software didn't work in the first place.

Yahoo Music Unlimited and Napster did not have issues with updating DRM.

Napster's interface is pretty horrid and some of the songs are written with invalid tags (i think this is an issue with UTF-8 tags being written incorrectly) and would crash my Archos AV500 portable media player. I had to re-write the tags on a significant number of files in order for them to function properly.

Yahoo Music Unlimited! had a pretty streamlined interface that made searching for music / discovering new music relatively easy. In addition, the suggestions weren't pure garbage either (because it actually had a rating system that would adapt with your tastes). No issues with tags.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

Symbha (679466) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301510)

I totally agree... I love the Rhapsody service, I get to hear tons of new music because of it. The really big boys ain't on there, but I don't care about that shiz anyway... I don't need Metallica or Madonna.

I do have my gripes though... like songs that were once available for stream, later being removed, or limited to 30s clips... (the minority, but it still happens to me alot.)

As for the official RealPlayer (which rhapsody is not,) I do believe it still sucks...
http://www.stopbadware.org/reports/reportdisplay?reportname=realplayer01282008 [stopbadware.org] [stopbadware.org]

Re:RealPlayer (1)

kcornia (152859) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301696)

I saw that, and although the blog that was linked on Digg badly mis characterized the issues, those are issues. But the more important note to me is that practically as soon as it was published Real said they would address both. That to me is a good example of the new model they employ, as opposed to the old model of deny and/or ignore.

And as far as the songs being removed, I doubt that's Real, it's more likely a result of a dispute between the artist and the label. Otherwise you'd see entire label's catalogs dropping.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

Symbha (679466) | more than 6 years ago | (#22303270)

That's good to hear... like I said, I'm a fan.

I agree that the song issue is the result of disputes, it's just one of the things that bugs me. I understand it, jut don't like it. As usual, some artists are still holding out... but it bugs me when I see them do it to only a couple songs... it's like they are admit the other stuff isn't worth anything to begin with.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

El_Oscuro (1022477) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301718)

I used to have the Rhaposdy service, but wound up canceling it after buying Iron Maiden "A Matter of Life and Death", but couldn't download it to my iPod because of compatibility/DRM issues. Enough DRM crap. I now buy all my music from Amazon.

Re:RealPlayer (2, Interesting)

Skynyrd (25155) | more than 6 years ago | (#22302088)

I actually feel bad for them for having to pay such a high price for their early bad decisions. I mean, I shit-canned them back in the late 90's when they pulled those stunts, but they've matured a lot, and are one of the most complete players out there (although .mov files have quit working on them recently).

I'm glad they are paying the price, if for no other reason to serve as an example.

They screwed the pooch - over and over again. They justifiably lost marketshare and honor and I sincerely hope that they are brought up as an example when companies are deciding to do something anti-consumer.

Perhaps they should have just changed their name and started over.

Re:RealPlayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22305500)

Infiniti SUCKS
I assume you are talking about this cars and this might be largely off-topic, but what year is it? I would imagine what is essentially an expensive Nissan should work fine. Of course, I have an '07 Altima with both an aux input and MP3-CD support. (Hell, I think the base Altima has that.)

Re:RealPlayer (2, Informative)

toadlife (301863) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301338)

'97 when I briefly used it before a buddy in the dorm showed me winamp
I call BS on your post. I was an early user of WinAMP, as I was one of the several thousand or so people on the planet who new what an mp3 even was in 1997.

In 1997, WinAMP was a barely functional audio player that only played Mp2, MP3 and (I think?) uncompressed PCM audio files, whereas Real Player pretty much only played real media files, and maybe uncompressed PCM (wav/aif) files. Real Player most certainly didn't play MP3 files in 1997.

AFAIK, "Winplay", a really crappy shareware app from Fraunhofer and WinAMP were the only mp3 players for Windows that existed at the time. That you replaced RealPlayer with WinAMP in 1997 seems highly unlikely, as they most likely only shared the ability to play PCM audio.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

globaljustin (574257) | more than 6 years ago | (#22302406)

i forgot this was slashdot and people have egos about when they adopted software...sorry...don't get your panties in a twist

wow...you're calling BS on 10+ year old memories...details are hazy...however, in '97 my campus was one of the first to have campus wide ethernet in every dorm room with good computers provided, so I wouldn't be surprised if I was a fairly early adopter of winamp, i may have heard about it through one of the computer science majors or something...

so, the /. version of my mp3 player history is as follows, for those who really give a shit:

first was Sonique in 1997 to play mp3's, then i remember downloading realplayer and not liking it (don't remember if it was video or audio that I originally downloaded it for, but it sucked for both and had invasive features and adware), THEN in 1998 or '99 I switched to winamp (on the advice of my friend brian) and have been happy with that ever since. Winamp remote is fscking awesome...it streams through my xbox360 perfectly.

Re:RealPlayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22302792)

There were more than several thousand in 1997. I had several GB worth in about mid late 1997 and there was already active trading. Most swapping was done through Windows file and print sharing (or smbclient for the Samba crowd) on cable modems and campus computers. In my area with my cable modem, you could see other peoples computers on your subnet using network neighborhood. Windows had no firewall, almost zero logging and the default network setup shared out your c$ with no password if I remember correctly. A nbnlookup combined with a port scanner (may have even been nmap back then) would gather all of the computer names on a subnet or your choice and you could use smbclient and browse as you desired. Even if people were not knowingly "sharing" files, you could still find stuff ;)
   

Re:RealPlayer (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301774)

You want a great free music player that has wicked features try Musikcube [musikcube.com] . The dynamic playlists and built in SQL backend ROCKS! I used to not touch anything but winamp, and then stumbled onto this thanks to shell extension city. The SQL backend makes it wicked fast for updating tags and files and if you prefer a winamp interface they have a plugin that'll give it to you. It is also licensed under BSD and they welcome input from the community. A really nice player from a really nice bunch of guys. It is for 2000 and XP,but the source files are on sourceforge and the developers designed it for easy porting to other systems.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300956)

Hey, I love real med...buffering...buffering...buffering...ia player!

Re:RealPlayer (1)

EtherAlchemist (789180) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301748)


Rhapsody doesn't use the RealPlayer. It also works on the Mac and Linux.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

szyzyg (7313) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301820)

Well it turns out that if you use yahoo's player then you've got an active-X control that's being actively exploited by drive by downloaders
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/05/yahoo_jukebox_vuln/ [theregister.co.uk]

So, right now realplayer is a preferable alternative.

Real is still around?!?! (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#22306240)

Am I the only one moderately shocked to learn they're even still around? I thought they got bought out years ago.

Re:RealPlayer (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 6 years ago | (#22308014)

Does that mean users would be forced to use the abomination that is RealPlayer? All I can say is "Haha!"
No, they use an app called 'Rhapsody'. It really isn't bad, either.

Well (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22300416)

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fist prost (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22300430)

FIST PROST

MS + Yahoo, Formula For Success (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22300450)

There has to be some Ballmer PowerPoint slide somewhere deep inside Microsoft that looks like this:

1. Throw billions at fading dot com era giant in hopes to replace their own basket case of an online search and content efforts

2. ???

3. Profit!

Yahoo right now must be feeling like someone sitting at the side of the road with their car broken down and someone else with a broken down car comes up to them and offers them 40 billion to buy their car off them because they really need a lift...

Re:MS + Yahoo, Formula For Success (1)

mrxak (727974) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300626)

Heh, I do think you're right. Microsoft buying out Yahoo really does seem desperate to me. I wouldn't mind if both companies ended up sinking each other, but then it would be far less interesting without all three search companies constantly fighting each other.

not well ? (1)

LinuxRulz (678500) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300456)

The Mercury News wonders how the Yahoo-Real deal would fare if Microsoft takes over -- not well, the betting goes.
...unless microsoft also plan to buy Real.

Re:not well ? (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300562)

My guess is the plan was to redirect consumers to surge for media player at yahoo's site. Or perhaps the company is trying to sell it quickly before ms controls it. Perhaps Yahoo did this to increase their networth so the CEO could make some money before being totally under MS control.

But if I were MS I would just cancel the music subscription service or force them to use Surge.

Re:not well ? (2)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300700)

>..unless microsoft also plan to buy Real.

Which brings up a couple of questions. Which sucks more, RealPlayer or MediaPlayer? Would some Satanic merging of the two programs become known as The Day That Music Died SP1?

Re:not well ? (1)

Khuffie (818093) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301226)

To answer your question...

...iTunes. It is so slow and buggy on Windows. It's a joke.

Re:not well ? (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301386)

Would some Satanic merging of the two programs become known as The Day That Music Died SP1?

No, Plays for sure.

That sucks (1)

DogDude (805747) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300460)

As a long time user of Yahoo's "Launch" subscription music service, I think that sucks. Launch isn't perfect, but it's pretty darn good, and I've been happy to pay the $36/year for no ads and better sound quality. That being said, I won't install anything from Real Networks onto any of our machines, so it looks like I'm on the lookout for a replacement that's as good and as cheap as Launchcast. Shit.

Re:That sucks (4, Informative)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300580)

Well, if you're looking for a replacement, I've tried out two streaming music sites recently that are pretty good:

http://www.imeem.com/ [imeem.com] - Like youtube, but for music I guess. It has a lot of good playlists, even for my doom metal tastes.

http://www.pandora.com/ [pandora.com] - Streaming internet radio, dissimilar to imeem in that it randomizes what it will play for you - though it tries to play music similar to what you like/tell it you like through some sort of algorithm. Good for finding new stuff. I found Electric Wizard here.

Re:That sucks (1)

szyzyg (7313) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301344)

Yes with imeem around the only thing that a paid subscription is offering is the ability to download the music to your windows media compatible player.

Of course we all know QTrax is going to provide that feature for free too ;-)

Re:That sucks (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301808)

That pandora sounds a lot like what I use Yahoo! Music Canada for. Unfortunately they are US only:

Dear Pandora Visitor,

We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S. We will continue to work diligently to realize the vision of a truly global Pandora, but for the time being we are required to restrict its use. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative.

We believe that you are in Canada (your IP address appears to be xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx). If you believe we have made a mistake, we apologize and ask that you please contact us at pandora-support@pandora.com

If you are a paid subscriber, please contact us at pandora-support@pandora.com and we will issue a pro-rated refund to the credit card you used to sign up. If you have been using Pandora, we will keep a record of your existing stations and bookmarked artists and songs, so that when we are able to launch in your country, they will be waiting for you.

We will be notifying listeners as licensing agreements are established in individual countries. If you would like to be notified by email when Pandora is available in your country, please enter your email address below. The pace of global licensing is hard to predict, but we have the ultimate goal of being able to offer our service everywhere.

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Bummer.

Yahoo still works for now, so I'll wait until it stops working to shop around for the other ones listed elsewhere in the comments.

- RG>

Re:That sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22302268)

Hey that imeem is kinda cool... but whats with all the pop-ish crap in the classical genre? I mean... High-school musical is classical?!?
They need to rename the classical section to "feel-good pap" & start a real classical section from scratch.

& the electronica genre is full of hip-hop!

some good stuff in world music tho :)

Re:That sucks (1)

szyzyg (7313) | more than 6 years ago | (#22302876)

My mother in law says exactly the same thing about the classical selection, but if you just search for bach or beethoven then there's plenty to listen to.

Re:That sucks (1)

tieTYT (989034) | more than 6 years ago | (#22304662)

http://www.imeem.com/ [imeem.com] - Like youtube, but for music I guess. It has a lot of good playlists, even for my doom metal tastes.
imeem's user interface sucks: Get your back button ready, you'll be using it a lot. Even if there is a way to listen to things without having to go to a specific page, the UI still sucks because it isn't immediately obvious to me how to do it.

A really good music website is http://www.thesixtyone.com/ [thesixtyone.com] Their selection of music is very tiny, but the UI is amazing. You can play any song without having to load a new page. When you're listening to one song, you can visit other pages and even search without the music stopping. After you get used to this UI, you'll wish youtube worked the same way.

Re:That sucks (1)

WidgetGuy (1233314) | more than 6 years ago | (#22302402)

DuoDude,

If you liked Yahoo! LaunchCAST (free or Plus version), you will love Pandora [pandora.com] . You can create custom stations by entering an artist's name (e.g., Steely Dan). The service then starts sending you music its matching algorithms think is similar to Steely Dan's music (a sound so unique to this day that this is a real challenge for their back-end algorithms).

I dumped LauunchCAST Plus about six months ago because they were releasing buggy versions of the player on a regular basis and their customer service never responded to problem tickets. I now have serveral custom stations on Pandora. I would say about 10% of the stuff they play for a given station is "new" (some indie stuff even gets in there). A simple click of the mouse allows you to give a song "thumbs up" or "thumbs down." You can also "tweak" your custom stations by entering other artist (or song) names.

Even though, initially, your custom station will be named after the artist you gave as an exemplar, you can easily change it to something more generic. For example, I have a station originally named J.S. Bach. Right after Pandora built the station for me, I simply opened my account and changed the name to Baroque Classical. Initially, Pandora was sending me too many pipe organ performances on this station. I can only take so much of that stuff. So, I went into the station edit page and added Andres Segovia to the station's exemplar artists list. All of a sudden, the pipe organ stuff diappeared and I started hearing some really cool classical guitar and lute performances. You have MUCH MORE control of your custom stations in Pandora than you did with Yahoo! LaunchCAST.

The sound quality is excellent (they use the Flash player -- go figure). It's at least equivalent to 128Kbps MP3. There are many other great features in Pandora. But, this response is already too long. Give a try. I think you'll love it.

Did I mention Pandora is ABSOULTELY FREE (although donations are always accepted).

WidgetGuy

whats going on with Yahoo (2, Interesting)

Brigadier (12956) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300464)



First they ship all there pictures to flicker, then they get rid of there version of myspace 360. Now yahoo music. I understand restructuring but they are doing horrible things to the brand. With the news of msn trying to by them out. If I was an investor I would be bailing out. Without content what do users flock to ?

Re:whats going on with Yahoo (1)

jupiterssj4 (801031) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300606)

I was using Flickr before it migrated and I liked that I could use my Yahoo user name and password there, but I did have a few pictures on Yahoo pictures, but nothing more than profile pictures that I just erased. Flickr is much more powerful and for photo buffs like me

Re:whats going on with Yahoo (1)

surendran (848863) | more than 6 years ago | (#22303882)

Coming next 1.Yahoo Mail Shutting Down, Users Going to ***** 2.Yahoo Search Shutting Down, Users Going to ***** Wats happening with yahoo???

As a longtime Yahoo user (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300498)

This news is making me think of bailing from Yahoo and going to Google and Real.

It's a shame, as I've loved Yahoo, but if need be, consumers don't have to stick around on the Web.

crap crap crap (1)

jupiterssj4 (801031) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300536)

I have used Yahoo Launchcast plus and then migrated to the Yahoo Music Engine (now Jukebox) since they were started and this just sucks. I never wanted Real. Seeing that there are still thousands of people complaining about the migration from MusicMatch to Yahoo Jukebox, I think this is going to be a major problem and I surely hope that the price does not increase. I remember when it used to be 55 a year and now its near 70, I am not willing to pay any more. This sucks!

Re:crap crap crap (4, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300640)

I remember when it used to be 55 a year and now its near 70, I am not willing to pay any more. This sucks!

Yes, well ... in a crunch, I guess there's always Gnutella. Pricing is better than most, I understand, even if the quality is somewhat uneven.

Am I responsible? (1)

ls354 (1144513) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300706)

I cancelled my service last week, damn never imagened that my service cancellation could have such an effect on Yahoo. "I am great"

Forcing badware on users ? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22300804)

Re:Forcing badware on users ? (0, Flamebait)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 6 years ago | (#22308162)

Forcing badware on users ?

thanks Yahoo!

http://www.stopbadware.org/reports/reportdisplay?reportname=realplayer01282008 [stopbadware.org]
Rhapsody != RealPlayer. You and the idiots that wasted modpoints on your post don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

I'm confused... (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300862)

So, let me get this straight...

A company, that is dying evermore quickly by the day it seems, is shedding some of its users to another company. One that is, to all intents and purposes, long dead after committing suicide a few years back by installing what was essentially a virus into people's computers.

I think that's pretty much it, isn't it? Yep, still makes no sense.

Done for MS (0)

webmaster404 (1148909) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300904)

I bet that this was done for the possible buyout of Yahoo by MS. Even though the US DoJ will surely let it through, the EU will be less certain, by stripping Yahoo down it can make it seem that all MS is buying is the Yahoo search engine and that is going to make it seem less like MS is trying to get an internet monopoly, not to mention that there probably is an exchange of cash somewhere and if MS gets Yahoo they get that cash.

Seems like to me Yahoo really wants those billions MS is offering and will do anything to get EU approval, or this is just coincidence that it happened with the proposed buyout.

Subscription DRM services (2, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22300944)

Yet another example of why you never want to sign up with one. No matter how good the company is, *today*.

Re:Subscription DRM services (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 6 years ago | (#22302024)

There are two things for which I've never understood how they can be viable: Bottled water sold for the same price as soft drink, and DRM music. The thing is I'd buy bottled water if I had to in order to survive since we all need water, but why oh why would you buy DRM music when you can get a CD??? No wonder the record companies have become so fat and greedy!

Re:Subscription DRM services (1)

ragefan (267937) | more than 6 years ago | (#22305466)

There are two things for which I've never understood how they can be viable: Bottled water sold for the same price as soft drink, and DRM music.
Probably because the cost isn't the water (and other ingredients for soft drinks) but rather the plastic bottle it is in, and the marketing and distribution of the product.

Re:Subscription DRM services (1)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | more than 6 years ago | (#22307976)

but why oh why would you buy DRM music when you can get a CD??? No wonder the record companies have become so fat and greedy!

You don't buy DRM music, you subscribe to a service. I buy CDs for DRM free music that I own, but I subscribed to Yahoo Unlimited to listen to random stuff while on the road.

Why? Because that $15 CD has only 10 songs on it, while my $13/month subscription has 100s of thousands of songs available...

Why oh why can you understand? ;)

Re:Subscription DRM services (3, Informative)

Carcass666 (539381) | more than 6 years ago | (#22302144)

Actually, my understanding on a subscription deal is that you pay an agreed upon amount of money to have access to a source of music for an agreed upon amount of time. Unless Yahoo is not giving their customers the ability to opt-out of a prolonged subscription (instead of switching to Rhapsody), I don't see how there is any bad faith on their part, or a problem with subscription models in general.

It would be a different story if I purchased a track and the DRM on the file required connection to a back-end server that didn't exist in the future (like Google video). In that case, if I purchased a track, and if I am denied future access to it then I should get a full refund. I agree with you if you're saying that purchasing a track with the potential of being denied access to it later should be avoided.

In Rhapsody's case, you can buy tracks (most of the time) by burning them onto a CD. Some artists are allowing purchase of unencumbered mp3's, nicer yet. Sometimes, artists may pull their music from Rhapsody (like Radiohead, bastards), in which case I can decide to cancel my subscription if it pisses me off enough. At any rate, I am paying a subscription to legitimately listen to music (and maybe get the artist 1/1000th of a penny when I do so). Works well enough for me.

Re:Subscription DRM services (1)

imnlfn (140832) | more than 6 years ago | (#22306664)

It would be a different story if I purchased a track and the DRM on the file required connection to a back-end server that didn't exist in the future (like Google video). In that case, if I purchased a track, and if I am denied future access to it then I should get a full refund. I agree with you if you're saying that purchasing a track with the potential of being denied access to it later should be avoided.

Unfortunately, this is the case with Yahoo Music, at least in my experience. I purchased tracks from them, then tried playing those tracks on a different computer, but found I had to connect to Yahoo Music again to make them playable there.

So what happens when, years from now, I buy a new computer and can no longer play those tracks? From whom exactly should I demand a refund, since with the way things seem to be heading, Yahoo in its entirety may no longer exist?

Re:Subscription DRM services (1)

Carcass666 (539381) | more than 6 years ago | (#22306904)

If it's a purchase, then you're right, it's fscked up.

In the case of Rhapsody, it's a subscription, and if Rhapsody isn't around a year from now you won't be listening to your tracks, but you won't be paying for a subscription either.

How to monetize -- Yahoo style. (3, Insightful)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301030)

One assumes that Yahoo could have raised prices -- to the same level as Real now charges. However, this would incur quite a lot of displeasure amongst users. This deal will undoubtably incur some displeasure, but, some of that will be directed against Real, not Yahoo.

So, Yahoo presumably has a deal under which it will be able to be compensated for the lost revenue (perhaps even the revenue which could have been gained by increasing prices) without the pain of actually putting up prices. THere may be some upfront cash which may help in a battle aginst Microsoft.

The problem is that the net result is less eyeballs on Yahoo's pages. It's those eyeballs that are Yahoo's value. The long term effect of this may be a net reduction in revenue.

The Big Questions: How do users transfer? (2, Insightful)

JoeCommodore (567479) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301066)

I have a friend who uses it pretty regular probably has a 1000 songs he listens to (DRMed - has to check in regularly to keep them alive).

I wonder how it will transfer?
Will it transfer (DRM compatibility)?
Will Real support his devices?
And what songs will he loose access to due to the transfer (from RI contract differences between Cos.)

If they do it right he probably will keep going with them, if they mess it up he probably will leave along with others.

Re:The Big Questions: How do users transfer? (1)

Stachybotris (936861) | more than 6 years ago | (#22305086)

My question is: How does this affect people who subscribe to LAUNCHcast plus? I've had a subscription to that for a couple of years now, and the article makes absolutely no mention of it. While I'm not really opposed to seeing if the new Real Player is as non-evil as what some other posters have said, it's still bound to be a pain.

Though I suppose it might be a win anyway... If Real actually works well under Linux, and all of Yahoo!'s music services move over, then I would actually be able to use my subscription at home, instead of just at work.

Re:The Big Questions: How do users transfer? (1)

Alexpkeaton1010 (1101915) | more than 6 years ago | (#22306570)

I am worried about how my subscription to Yahoo Music Unlimited will transfer. I signed up for 2 years for $79 (Pay for 1 year get 1 year free if you use a Mastercard), which is an absolute steal, DRM or not. If Rhapsody honors my 2 years then I will be a happy camper. If they just convert my $79 into 6.5 months of subscription, I will be one irate nerd.

(BTW, you can transcode the WMAs into MP3s so you can use them on an iPOD. A minor hassle but easy enough. I don't notice any quality loss although theoretically there is.)

FTC.GOV, anyone (2, Interesting)

keraneuology (760918) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301090)

Already lodged my complaint of anti-competitive behavior. They've stopped deals that were less obnoxious than that one....

Sansa Connect (3, Interesting)

Maxwell309 (639989) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301098)

I really like my Sansa Connect [amazon.com] WiFi enabled player with the Yahoo Music Unlimited service. I knew there was trouble ahead but I figured it would still work as a regular mp3 player once Yahoo Music Unlimited goes dark. The Sansa Connect runs Linux and uses Mono [linuxdevices.com] . Time to start hacking. A general purpose WiFi internet radio receiver would be cool. You can find Sansa Connects for under $90 as recently as last week and probably less next week.

Re:Sansa Connect (1)

seanonymous (964897) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301422)

I've really been enjoying using my Sansa Connect. It's like a cross between satellite radio and a Tivo. And being able to listen to whatever album strikes my fancy while I use Yahoo Music at my desk has been nice, too, but there's no way I'll ever install another piece of software from Real. They had their chance.

Well, back to the P2P music for me.

I tried to go legit, I really did, and now I own a little black brick.

My advice to anyone else in my situation is to download as much music as you can before they shut down, then use TuneBite to turn it all into mp3s. It's only fair.

Not a surprise (2, Interesting)

BanjoBob (686644) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301316)

After all the complaints [yahoo.com] by digruntled customers after Yahoo Downgrades MusicMatch Jukebox [slashdot.org] and removed many of the features of that application, failed to get it working 100%, and a host of other problems, one might ask why they just didn't give the customer what they want? That was the return of the MusicMatch Jukebox program the way it was in its last release.

It seems that the music business is in the business of denying customers what they want. Just as the RIAA is seeing drastic declines in music sales because of similar tactics and a blatant refusal to monetize the net, Yahoo! music did the same thing - refusing to satisfy their customers and give them value for their dollar. This is what happens.

One must ask, "why they never learn?" There are better and more value-for-your-dollar options out there. All Yahoo Music had to do was give the consumer value for their dollar.

Re:Not a surprise (1)

peektwice (726616) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301542)

You are correct about the music business denying customers what they want. They want good music, in an easy, small format that they can play on anything. The music industry wants you to buy the format flavor of the day (record, tape, CD, whatever...full of one or two good songs and 10 crappy ones) and then buy it again in ten years or so when they deem the old one obsolete. They're willing to fight unfairly to prop up their collapsed business model, and are currently doing so.
On a side note, I personally believe the demise of MusicMatch Jukebox is not only due to the factors that you mention, but also the development of iTunes for Windows, which then became the de-facto software for use with an iPod. (Anyone else remember when a Windows iPod shipped with MusicMatch?)

Re:Not a surprise (1)

eatvegetables (914186) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301902)

Well, they also would have to stop sucking. Ironically, I gave up on Yahoo music a few weeks ago. The quality of the "services" that they still claimed to be offering was so horrible as to be pretty much unusable. Those bozos over at Yahoo couldn't even keep their track licensing consistent and in good working order. I've finally arrived at the same conclusion that those (many) far smarter than I arrived at long ago, a subscription music service is a bad consumer model. $13/mo adds up to quite a lot of purchased music from Amazon or elsewhere over the course of a year. Plus no more licensing problems that always seemed to occur at the worst times.

Re:Not a surprise (1)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 6 years ago | (#22305450)

I've used Yahoo Music Unlimited since the beginning of it's beta days and, even though the software has always been less than stellar, the software wasn't what drew me to the service. The great music selection and my ability to listen to it whenever I wanted to for $7 a month was a tremendous value for me. I'm going to weep the day it goes away and, unhappily, probably switch over to Rhapsody and pay twice as much a month for a selection of music that's not as good. I can't say I'm a happy camper. Yahoo would have had a winning service on their hands had they allowed MusicMatch engineers time to do the YMJ software the RIGHT way (I've spoken to disgruntled MusicMatch employees and none of them spoke very highly of Yahoo...) and if they would have actually marketed the service. No one's ever heard of it, even though it's by far the best service of its kind around. Kinda sad if you ask me.

Re:Not a surprise (1)

shlashdot (689477) | more than 6 years ago | (#22308320)

I used Yahoo for a while too, but happily switched to Rhapsody to have something that would work. Actually the only reason I switched to Yahoo originally was the bitrate, but Rhapsody has improved that a bit, fortunately. I haven't noticed much difference in selection. I just use the browser plugin or whatever, not the full Real app.

Conspiracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22301602)

It can't be a coincidence, that it has happened just after Microsoft declared they are going to absorb them. They are certainly trying to commit suicide by disabling all their services and getting rid of their users.
Please die Yahoo before it's too late, for the good of all my internets, for the good of the whole mankind!

Holy cow! (1)

caywen (942955) | more than 6 years ago | (#22301788)

Is this for Real??

I like Rhapsody, but I forsee problems... (2, Interesting)

Exp315 (851386) | more than 6 years ago | (#22302512)

I wasn't a believer in the music subscription model either, but eventually I tried Rhapsody on a free trial, and I discovered that I like it and I would use it. I think I would even pay the new higher monthly subscription price for it. That is I would if I didn't live in Canada, where I'm not allowed to subscribe to Rhapsody because of the regional licensing schemes of the big music cartels. But Yahoo Unlimited provided service in Canada, so I subscribed to that instead. So now Rhapsody is going to take over Yahoo's music subscription service? So what happens to the Canadian subscribers? The big problem with new service models like this is that they invest a ton of money in getting people to know and accept their model - but then they can't keep it stable long enough for people to get comfortable with it. Why invest your time and effort in understanding the current deal and figuring out if it's workable for you, when they're just going to change it arbitrary next month?

Foxytunes (1)

dmoti (188269) | more than 6 years ago | (#22303138)

I've just heard that Yahoo bought foxytunes http://www.foxytunes.com/ [foxytunes.com]
for 40-50 M$. Interestingly it started as a Firefox add-on now if Microsoft will
buy Yahoo it'll develop add-ons for Firefox !

YMU helped me go straight. (1)

Qwavel (733416) | more than 6 years ago | (#22307362)

I was one of those people who justified my music swapping by pointing out that the industry had not provided a compelling and reasonable alternative. With Yahoo Music Unlimited that changed and I went straight.

I pay $6 a month (or $3 if you sign up via Mastercard) and I get almost everything. It totally changed the way that I listen to music. It's like I own everything and now only have to worry about what I like/dislike. I discover much more new stuff now. And I think it is quite reasonable that I have to keep paying to maintain access to my music.

So now I must start paying $13 a month and install software from the dreaded RN, or go back to being a pirate. Damn.

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