Curious Mac users who want to peruse the new commercial music download service
may have to do so from a Windows-based PC. While Mac users haven’t been able to do much with Buymusic.com since it launched earlier this week, they could at least load the Web site’s home page. Now, however, they find themselves turned away.
Buymusic.com was founded by Scott Blum, who also owns online retailer Buy.com Inc. The service offers 300,000 tracks from major record labels and many more from independent labels as well. Buymusic.com has been compared to Apple’s own iTunes Music Store. In fact, much has been made about the similar look and feel of Buymusic.com and iTunes Music Store, right down to the copycat advertising.
Blum has said that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had the right idea but supported the wrong platform. Buymusic.com’s service is available to Windows Media Player 9.0 users, and for the moment, that version of Microsoft’s media software is for the Windows-platform only (though Microsoft makes an earlier version for OS X as well, and is purportedly working on WMP 9.0 for Mac as well).
“Thank you for visiting BuyMusic.com,” reads a message that appears when the Web site is loaded by a Mac Web browser. “In order to take full advantage of BuyMusic.com’s offerings you must be on a Windows Operating System using Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher.”