Remember RealNetworks, the once-giant streaming company who boldly circumvented Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management to make their own media player work with iTunes files? Now they’re back with Rinse, a new effort to organize and clean up your iTunes library. Wait -- what?
Buying music has always involved tough decisions. Rolling Stones or
Beatles? CD or LP? The mall or the indie record store with the cute
cashier? These questions have plagued music fans for decades, but the
iTunes Store changed everything. Thanks to its convenience, huge
catalog, and iPod-friendliness, iTunes now sells more music in the
United States than any other retailer, either online or
brick-and-mortar. But choices remain. iTunes competitors have sprung up
all over the Internet, clamoring for your dollars.