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I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with Yahoo Unlimited and could tell me if its collection of jazz is reasonable.

I have been using iTunes up till now, but it tends to be quite limited in some respects, and I rather like the idea of being able to listen to whole albums rather than just picking-and-mixing songs: Yahoo's unlimited service seems to be real value for money in that respect... (although it obviously won't work with iPods etc...)

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I've used it, although it's been awhile. It seemed to me that all the services have mostly the same music, and then some is missing from all (independent or small label CDs, the Beatles). I think whoever decides, whether it's the musicians or their label, it's usually across the board. But the interfaces vary a lot. I really like Rhapsody--you should check that out. I found it much easier to control than Yahoo!'s (and I was pretty pro-Yahoo! at the time I tried Unlimited, because I worked for them then). The availability of jazz albums on Rhapsody is amazing (but, as I said, I'm pretty sure it's almost the same on all web-based music streaming services). I would do the free trials (if they have them), and decide based on how well you like the user interface (e.g., how easy it is to find what you want, to make your own play lists, etc.). Rhapsody is easiest for me to use, but admittedly, that's partly because I'm most familiar with that one. I feel like I have nearly the entire history of recorded jazz available instantly to listen to or play along with.

The jazz coverage is good, but all the services have major gaps in certain genres. I've noticed that especially in blues and celtic music. The coverage in classical music is good in terms of composers and works, but not in terms of performers/performances, which is kind of a big deal in classical music. I mean, you might *want* to hear Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto by a certain pianist and not find it. Also, as with Amazon, All Music Guide, and other online services, the search functionality for classical music SUCKS!!! It is admittedly a complicated programming problem, since there are composers, works, conductors, orchestras, solists, specific sessions, etc. (Janos Starker recorded the Bach Cello Suites five times! and I think Toscanini and Horowitz recorded Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto a couple of times, at least). But these search engines seem to have been devised by engineers who know nada about classical music.
 

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Y! music has no classical or good jazz music, its all mainstream, new generation music.
 

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bluesaxgirl said:
Y! music has no classical or good jazz music, its all mainstream, new generation music.
I don't get what you mean.
Search Yahoo! Music for Dexter Gordon, and you get 130 albums and 1,000 songs. No good jazz music? This is just the first few of the albums, for instance:
Really, it's just a record company thing--they own these recordings and they're in the business of selling them, even good jazz CDs. That's why iTunes, Rhapsody, Yahoo! Music etc. all have the same stuff, and it's pretty much EVERYTHING that is commercially available, "in print," from the major labels. (And the major labels own the rights to practically all of the recorded jazz music that's ever mentioned on this forum.) 'Course you have to pay for it; that's the whole idea. But if you pay monthly for streaming, you don't have to download the tracks (assuming your computer sound card's "line out" jack is connected to your stereo, or you have good speakers or headphones on your computer).
 

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Never used any of the streaming services. Over the past year and a half I've been digitizing my music collection, and at last count I think I've got somewhere around 6,000 albums on a few external hard drives. FWIW, I *do* use Pandora quite frequently to find new albums that I'm interested in. And it's free.
 
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