New Online Music Service is offering 300,000 songs for 79 cents to $1.49 per track. When this one fails, it will again show how free music must be killing the industry. I think it’s another exercise designed to do that.

The restrictions on downloading, transferring and burning are individually listed for each album/song.) That’s just not easy enough (Apple has a site that solved this problem, so it can be done). Pay attention to what you’re buying. Here’s what Buymusic say on their website:

Each record label has control over these license restrictions including the number of times you may:

  • transfer your songs to another computer(s)
  • transfer your songs to an approved portable digital media player.
  • burn your songs to CD complies with each record label and adjusts the SDMI license on each of your music downloads accordingly.

They don’t say anything about the quality of the music on the website. It’s delivered in Microsoft’s encrypted Windows Media format, which is not CD quality.

Downloads require Windows Media Player 9. I’ve avoided it after reading that some people lost access to music they had because of the way WM9 interprets digital rights. And WM9 can’t be removed once it’s installed.

You lose it all if your computer’s drive crashes, other than those files that are allowed to be moved to another computer.

The cost for a CD is more than buying it through one of the CD clubs. For example, they’re selling the Audioslave album for $12.79. (Are we back to calling them albums? I finally trained myself to call them CDs.) I got it through the CD club for about $8 including all the printed material that comes with a CD. Why would I download it at a higher price?

And they think this is a good business model?