[sc:entertainment-category ]I have to admit I came late to the MP3 party, not using them, but buying them. iTunes was not a store I wanted to shop at and most of the other big ones were not available in Canada. That changed a couple of years ago when HMV opened an MP3 store.
I’ve used hmvdigital.ca for a couple of years but when I went to the site recently I found they were no longer selling MP3’s, but instead had gone to a digital subscription service. There was no indication of the old MP3 store and no sign it had every existed.
One of the things I do remember noticing when I first started using hmvdigital.ca was that while it was a front end, the back-end was actually powered by 7digital. Thinking that perhaps 7digital held the accounts as well I went to 7digital.ca and voilà, I could login and get to my purchase history again.
Perhaps HMV might want to at least put a pointer for its loyal customers over the years to where they can get access to their old accounts in stead of just trying to get them all to sign up to a new monthly plan.
And honestly, I don’t want to pay a monthly fee to listen to music. Nor do I want to stream it from the cloud. There’s nothing wrong with “owning” (I use the term loosely) your music and having it on your local system. It makes much more technical sense but I guess it doesn’t make the companies as much money…