Saturday, October 1st 2005
iTunes and the others have a thing or two to learn from AllOfMP3.com.
You fill your AllOfMP3 account balance with a minimum 10 USD before you can start downloading. Then you order your songs, at a cost of $0.02 per MB. Thus, how expensive your song turns out depends on what encoding and quality you choose:
I tend to choose ogg vorbis at ~128 kbps, since I only know of one part of one song that I can tell from the uncompressed original at that bitrate – and I have to concentrate like mad to do so… That means most songs cost about $0.06–0.08. This really gets you into a shopping mood 🙂
The songs are encoded after you order them, and you receive an (optional) email when they’re done. All songs I’ve ordered so far have been ready within 30 mins. Then you just log back in and get them. Actually, I think I’ll turn the email notification off – you get one email for each track if you order a whole album… So far I think that’s about the only negative thing I can think of about this music shop. Check it out.