Bods 'uses' mycokemusic.com

Posted on 31 May 2004 in Internet, Music, Shopping (No comments)

Well you can't beat a sequel sometimes, so to follow up Bods Tries To Use mycokemusic.com, here is Bods 'uses' mycokemusic.com!

This all started when Coke started running a promotion on free downloads with bottles and cans, I decided to play along and see if I won anything.

Several empty bottles later (and no I didn't buy Coke just for the promotion) I fired up mycokemusic and typed in my code. And I won. Woo! I registered and headed in.

Sorry, but you are unable to access www.mycokemusic.com. To access this site you need:

  • A PC with a Microsoft Windows Operating System; Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP
  • Internet Explorer (version 5.0 or above)
  • Windows Media Player (version 7.0 or above)
  • Flash Plug In (version 5 or above)

So a quality user experience. For starters not a single Linux user will be able to download anything (well obviously Microsoft aren't happy just controlling the desktop - they need to control digital rights management for music as well) which means I can never take my file away from my work PC. And even when you have Windows, what if you don't use Media Player or Internet Explorer?

Oh and given this is a website that works only in IE, why on earth are you allowed to go so far before you're told you're blocked? Here I am, completely registered and ready to go using Firefox and all of a sudden, the shutters come down! Just like that. Wouldn't it have been nice if you hadn't wasted my time letting me register?

And given it is IE only, you'd think the site would actually work properly. But oh no. There were numerous graphical glitches which meant at one point, a table heading was unreadable (grey text on a grey background - classy). How hard is it to actually test a website in the one browser you're allowing access to? Gordon Bennett... I used to test complex web applications on about 10 different PCs at work to make sure everything worked as well as it could. It was a dull and boring process that generally turned your brain into glue, but I did it because I had professional pride in doing a good job. However over at mycokemusic.com, they didn't even seem able to test it in their main target browser!

Still, annoyed and fed up, and having resorted to dragging out Internet Explorer, I persevered and had a look round the indie section, looking for my one track to download.

Resisting the temptation to download delights from Ocean Colour Scene, Toploader and Bruce Springsteen (since when was he 'indie'?) I gave up and typed 'The Jam' into the search engine. Not quite sure why, but it was probably something to do with a conversation in the pub a few nights before.

As you'd expect, searching for 'The Jam' promptly gave me loads results for people called James. Sighing heavily, I scrolled down to "Jam" - 3 results Apparently. Clicked through. "No records found". Eh? Where are these 3 results? Not here that's for sure.

I return and opt for "The Jam" instead. 230 results Click through. Am shown about 11 tracks. I look confused until I realise it's ordered by album - although if you didn't know the Jam's album name you'd never know that - it's not particularly clear at all.

I opt for 'Down In The Tube Station At Midnight' - something I haven't done for a while myself - and download. For some reason a popup appears and asks me if I want to download now or later. I select now and yet another bloody popup opens. Media Player then delights in telling me I need to update my DRM - I select OK and I download the file.

My download finished, the popup remains open and I begin the clean up process for removing the windows - I'm up to about six now.

For a laugh I put it in Winamp - clicking on it opens yet another browser window (this time my default of Firefox) . It invites me to enter my username. I do. It invites me to enter my password. I do. Then it tells me I can only play the thing on Windows Media Player. Which begs the question. Why on earth did you force me to enter my username and password AND only then tell me I can't use it?

I sigh heavily and load the awful programme up. And listen to the track.

It's the Jam. The song is good. I bop at my desk.

And then I close mycokemusic. I decide not to hurry back. After all, it's a delightful service which

  • doesn't work with my home operating system at all
  • doesn't work with my favourite web browser
  • doesn't tell me that it doesn't work with my favourite webbrowser until I've registered, signed up and won a competition.
  • doesn't work in my least favourite web browser, which is the only one they let you use
  • doesn't work with my favourite media player (it's not even as if it's a minor media player) - I'm sorry but Windows Media Player is an appalling piece of software and I hate its guts. There is no way on earth I'm going to use it.
  • takes over my entire desktop with so many windows that I just want to scream.
  • leaves me a file that I can only play on one PC. Cool. That's useful. I've paid (or would have paid) for a file that I can do very little with. My hard drive dies, and I'm shafted. What a rip off.

Oh and of course you have no rights to do anything with the music like burn it to CD or anything useful like that.

So my Jam track, good as it is, will sit there wasting space on my hard drive for eternity. Untouched and unloved.

Funnily enough there are download services which don't suck. Which don't restrict what you can do with a file at all. Which don't care which operating system you use.

Mycokemusic on the other hand is a pile of crap. But sadly I don't see it going anywhere...

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