I take it back. Urge sucks a lot less.
Actually, URGE is awesome. I still think they should fix the authorization the way I described. But I don’t even think it will be a big problem for me.
Why? This is the first service where I don’t feel like I actually need to download the tracks. The library integration in WMP 11 is so damn good and the instant search-as-you-type is brilliant. So far the selection seems better than any of the other stores. I’ve already found tracks I couldn’t find on Yahoo, Napster, or iTunes.
Plus I’m really digging the “Acoustic Chill” radio station. It’s the sort of “radio station” that you can hit “skip” if you don’t like a song. So it’s really just an on-the-fly playlist being streamed to you. But I like it a lot. The whole experience just rocks. So I’m cancelling Napster and I’m going to pay for URGE when my 14-day trial is up.
My URGE wishlist:
1) Higher bit-rate streams. Right now downloads are 192kbps WMA, which is great. But the streams are 128kbps, which encourages me to still download stuff when it feels like I really shouldn’t have to.
2) The authorization/activation fixes I outlined in my earlier post about Napster.