My Puretracks Experience

Last week I decided to finally take the plunge and buy music online. Not buy a CD, but actually buy electronic files which are encoded music files.Now first, a little about my music listening habits. I buy CD’s, take them home and rip them to audio formats (usually MP3, though occasionally WMA), sometimes I take the same CD to work and rip it on my work PC, and I usually put the CD on my MuVo (little MP3 player for those “not in the know”).

So here I am thinking, buy it electronically, I’m cutting out the middle man. I can burn a CD to listen to it in the car, done and done. I bought Limp Bizkit new album because…well if it didn’t work out, no biggie…if it did, cool.

It didn’t work out. Not at all. First off, that night I couldn’t download my tracks because their service was too busy…TOO BUSY??? Damn that’s lame. Next morning, I downloaded the tracks no problem…except I later found out that one of the tracks didn’t download completely, but no warning was given to me.

Burned everything to CD…no problem. Then I tried to move the files to my MuVo…nope, didn’t work. Tried different things…nope, none of them worked. So now I have a CD that plays on my computer, in my car, and electronic files that will only play on my (primary) computer, I can’t even take them to work with me.

OHHHH, and I can only burn 2 more CD’s…and since one of the songs wasn’t fully completed, I’ve basically f-ed one burn…and what if I want to make a mixed CD? Well, I’ll have to download the tracks from Kaazaa.

Here’s the kicker. I burned that CD a week ago…as of this morning it doesn’t play in my car CD player anymore.


Puretracks? You get one big thumbs down from me.

By Brian Garside

Brian is a digital experience expert, and part time internet superhero. He focuses on digital first design, digital strategies, content management, website usability, and user experience. He was part of the team behind BalanceDo, the co-founder of All New Comics, and the chief strategist at NorthIQ.