Did Amazon buy CDNOW.com?

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  1. LanceJ

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    When you hit "enter" after typing CDNOW.com, you get redirected to Amazon.com's media page. I very much miss CDNOW's informative and organized website--Amazon's is messy and full of non-music items. And especially, they are missing most of those very useful music samples CDNOW had.
    Anybody know what happened? Thanks.
    LJ
     
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    CDNOW, as an actual entity (i.e. people) went belly up not long ago. The name is still owned by... a German company IIRC? I read an article a couple of weeks ago about it, which implied that it might re-emerge as an independent entity at some time, but for now they have a deal for Amazon to run it.

    Personally, while I did use CDNOW a time or two long ago, there are other online CD retailers I've preferred such as CD Connection, CD Universe, Dusty Groove and Downtown Music Gallery (specializes in out-jazz, prog etc.).
     
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    From C|Net News:
     
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    Thanks guys [​IMG]
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    And the beef, apart from the possible higher prices as competition is reduced, is that the Amazon search function for an artist, song title, etc, is less productive than the CDNow system was.

    I know of several titles I am unable to find on Amazon, that I do know have been issued.

    Sometimes, when you get a list of disks at Amazon, you should peruse it carefully. You will often find relisting of a given disk at a LOWER price, further down the list.
     
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    Two things really bother me since CDNow became an Amazon store:

    1. Only the first few tracks are made available as streamed samples
    2. The song samples are streamed through Real Player only.

    Before the change, I was able to hear samples of most of the CD and they were also streamed through Media Player. Media Player takes alot less resources and is available with all versions of Windows. Real Player is a resource pig, crashed more, has to be downloaded and keeps changing file associations in Windows.

    In a time where CD sales are the lowest it's been in many years, the last thing any company should do is to further discourage potential customers from possible purchases.

    Oh well... it's off to Kazaa I go.
     
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    I have a CDNow account, and received this mail a few weeks ago:
     
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    Hey Joel,
    Don't turn anybody into heroes just yet. The cdnowpbc.com only gets you the CDs that were previously preferred buyers club titles.
    For example, they didn't have any Rolling Stones in the PBC, so try a search for Rolling Stones and see what it gets you; one CD! And it ain't even the Rolling Stones!
    P.S. Check out a search for The Beatles:
    http://cdnowpbc.com/cgi-bin/mserver/...ID=THE+BEATLES
    Pretty useless.
     
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    No offense intended to you Mikael, I'm sure you are a hero to many. [​IMG]
     
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    Dang. Well, at least it's still useful for older stuff.
    I will never ever install RealPlayer on my machine, so Amazon/CDNow is no longer an option for any online music purchases. Jackasses. [​IMG]
    In addition to KaZaa, the good old binary Usenet groups are very handy...
     
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    You can get most of the Windows media samples that CDNOW carried from music.msn.com. It's pretty good for popular and jazz music but not very good for classical, though. They stream their samples from the same server that CDNOW used so it's got most of the same titles. And I found that you can stream all of the samples from an album in a row without clicking on each song title so it's better than CDNOW in that respect.

    I found this site after losing CDNOW to Amazon and Real Audio. I hadn't bought anything from CDNOW in years but I used it to screen most of my potential CD purchases.
     

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