Pros Songs are down-loadable to your computer, you don't have to be connected to the Internet or logged in to listen to your downloaded songs
Cons the radio stations aren't that great and you limited in the amount of song skips
Summary URGE is much better than Yahoo Music service that a I used for more than a year and was awful. Constant software errors occurring on every single computer I installed it on. More than 2. It stopped working permanently after the software updated to the new Jukebox version and a month after my 1 year subscription renewed. Whatever you do, avoid Yahoo Music Service/Jukebox like the plague it is. I so hope that i-tunes goes subscription, I think it would be great, they have such a huge data base. I never buy music online, and am only interested in music on demand to listen to. I've been using Urge for almost 3 months now and it has worked flawlessly. I've got it install on 3 computers and It's great.
Pros Easy to use, and search, videos
Cons Deceptive sales pitch, slow response on many occasions
Summary Watch out before you subscribe. You may have to pay extra ($0.99) for your favorite songs on top of the subscription fees!
I was happy to see the new music subscription service. But, I was disappointed. I paid $150 for the one year subscription, only to realize that I still have to pay $0.99 for most of my favorite songs (John Lennon, Tracy Chapman,...). In other words, the $150 gives you access to only the less popular songs. If the song is still in high demand, they want and extra $0.99 per song. URGE blames the albums for the extra fees, but I think they are using deceptive sales practice.
On top of all this, the subscription fees is nonrefundable. Isn's that a rip-off? Anyone know a good lawyer?
I was totally disappointed. I wish they disclosed this fact upfront. They claim 'all access' on the web site. The special purchase information is buried deep in the multi-page purchase agreement.
Pros Finally a subscription service that does what I want
Cons Still in beta, the service is very slow
Summary Since I am starting with a very small music library a subscription service seemed like the right thing for me. I used to have an iPod, but when i tried the trial version of urge i had to switch over to a playsforsure device. I gut the toshiba gigabeat, and I couldn't have been happier. Aside from the speed issues this service is perfect. There a millions of tracks and if your interested in an artist you can search them and look at their top rated tracks and find a lot of great new music. It's a shame the music is copy protected, but this is probably the best way to download music legally
Pros Nice interface, search is slick. Vast library
Cons Very buggy, sluggish and song usage is strict and not made clear before you sign up
Summary If you think you can buy a song on one computer in your home and listen to it on another through a network, think again. I just purchased my first song and found this out. I called customer service, who informed me of this strict policy.
For years I've used windows media and Itunes on my laptop and my desktop to play songs from a media library stored on a drive in my home network. This was never been a problem with music bought through MSN Music or Itunes.
If you aren't paying for one of the subscription options with Urge, and decide to just buy songs for $0.99 as you go (like most other popular services), then you can only play that song on the machine it was purchased from. Additionally, Urge does not allow you to burn that song to a CD or copy it in any way. In my opinion, this is a really bad idea. Urge seems to be taking the hard line of providing quality services only to monthly subscribers only, which makes them a competitor of Napster - not Itunes or other places that sell songs for a buck. Single song purchasers like myself better stick to MSN Music or Itunes.
Pros Lots of music, great looking interface, and can find songs you like
Cons Sometimes a little slow. Not all music is available to download. Installs an annoying process that uses your harddrive too much.
Summary Iv been using Urge for two weeks now and I have to say I like it. It has a great slick looking interface. Its simple to find songs with its search feature, and it even has a program which finds songs you like and creates mixes. You can tell it to pick songs depending on your mood, a genere, or what you have in your library. Its a very nice tool to find new stuff you like.
Now for some of the bad stuff...
Now as some people have stated, not all songs are available to download with the subscription service. Now in the two weeks I've been using the product, I have only come across three. Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Eagles. Now I know this is a disappointment to some of you, but if you think about it you still get thousands of other bands for just 15 bucks a month. All the big modern bands are still up there, such as Linkin Park, Panic at the Disco, and many many others. Finding a artist you have to pay for is rare. I really had to go out on a limb and search for the biggest names out there to come across those three, and even then. Its only those three that I found.
My second complaint is that the interface, though looks good, is somewhat slow at times. it freezes up at times and sometimes you have to wait while it loads the pretty pictures or your song lists. Annoying? Yes, but its not so bad that you cant do what you want.
Now to my third complaint,
When you get urge, it installs a very interesting process called urgeMS.exe on your computer. Now I really wouldn't mind this too much, but this little app seems to be screening your hard drive constantly. So much so that I have seen a noticeable shift in performance on my laptop. Now Iv looked online and found nothing as to what this little thing does, but it does get annoying. It only runs when you run urge, and I found you could end the process and urge still works perfectly.
In all I think this product is worth its money, and if you are a music lover who has to fill up a 30 gig mp3 player, its necessary.