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Spotify Review: Can Spotify Replace iTunes?

When news broke earlier this month that Spotify, a music service that has become incredibly popular in Europe, would become available in America I instantly became eager to try the service. Finally I would have the opportunity to use the service that I had envied my European friends over. So on Friday of last week when I had a chance to get online during my vacation I signed up for a Spotify Premium account.

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Adobe Gets Creative With “Creative Suite” Licensing

In the past I have discussed the very real possibility that we will see significant declines in the amount of software (as well as movies, music, and other electronic media) that is “pirated”, a term used to describe media that is downloaded illegally on the Internet.  While I admitted that this was a very bold statement to make, I attributed my theory to a handful of changes in how we as consumers have been buying and downloading software and media through mechanisms such as Valve’s “Steam” distribution network and Apple’s Mac OS X App Store.  This is because, you see, these methods allow for end-users to download software in a much more convenient fashion; often times with a reduced price because bandwidth is, after all, cheaper than packing mechanisms.

But even with these improvements, there is still one big issue that I believe is preventing software piracy from declining as much as we’d like it to see.  You guessed it.  Price.  Now, I’m not saying that software developers should flat-out drop their prices, because I honestly do respect the amount of work that has to be put into developing, testing, and distributing a quality piece of software.  But with prices for many “popular” software titles going well into the hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars, I can easily see where a consumer would be a bit discouraged to shell out big bucks for a piece of software.

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