The whole site runs on asp and requires some Windows only plugin. Ok so not only am I shut out as an iPod user, I’m shut out as a Macintosh user. Fine, let’s keep looking.
Unfortunately, those running the Apple operating system on their computers will not be able to play preview clips, stream videos, or download songs and videos at SpiralFrog.
We require you to be running Windows XP or Vista at SpiralFrog for the simple reason that Windows Digital Rights Management is the only standard available for independent music stores like us to protect the songs and videos as required by the record labels’ licenses.
Windows Digital Rights Management is not supported by Apple Macintosh computers. Macintosh supports the AAC Digital Rights Management, but it is closed to Apple’s own use only.
At this time, we’re sorry to say that all you can do is browse our site, but it’s a very good site, and you’ll lots of information about all your favorite artists. So, please… enjoy!
Oh look at their FAQ:
How come there’s no cost – what’s the catch?
SpiralFrog is an ad-supported Web site. We sell ads on our pages to advertisers who want to talk to you. And we give the majority of that advertising revenue to the music publishers and labels who own the music you’re downloading.
What happens if I don’t renew my membership?
A couple of things happen if you don’t return to the SpiralFrog Web site and renew your membership every 30 days.
On Day 31, you will no longer be able to download songs or videos from our site, but the music you have already downloaded will continue to play on your computer and portable player for another 30 days.
However, if you choose not to renew your membership after 60 days, on Day 61 all the songs and videos you have downloaded from SpiralFrog will no longer play on your computer or portable player.
Alright, so I have to keep coming to your site and look at ads. That sounds like fun. Not.
You’re not compatible with Apple’s iPod, or the new Microsoft Zune player, right?
We’re not compatible with these devices. However, the songs and videos you download from SpiralFrog will play on any computer platform capable of running Windows XP or Windows Vista, as well as all portable devices or cell phones that play WMA music files and have implemented the Windows DRM support.
Nice! So they use the Windows DRM, and use the Apple-doesn’t-license-fairplay excuse to not play on iPods, but they don’t even work on Zunes! And if Spiral Frog is indeed backed by UMG, UMG is getting a buck from every Zune sold! ROFL.
It appears they only work with Plays For Sure, which as many of you know, is not Zune compatible.
If you’re in for a laugh, check out their board of directors One of them is even in the House of Representatives from Texas. Wow, if any Texans needed a reason not to re-elect this guy. Man he is even involved in voting online. This is starting to get scary.
All I can say is, I’m sticking with my nice, clean, easy to use iTunes Music Store.