The Chrome Wears Off
I subscribed to the Yahoo Music Service as soon as it came available. I think paying a low subscription fee for access to a ton of music is a great thing. Now, after using the service for quite some time I think it's starting to lose some of it's sparkle.
The software has been upgraded a few times and the service has gone General Release (I got in while it was still in Beta) and I can't say that I think the software has gotten better. Perhaps even worse. It just feels clunkier and harder to use. It's less responsive now too. I love the Radio function and dig the customizable stations. However, for some reason, I have been struggling with those stations mightily for the past couple of weeks. And it appears they are going to cap my consumption of them unless I upgrade my subscription. I've tried clicking through several times to find out more about what the upgraded subscription costs, what I get, etc. But, each time I click their "find out more" button, I don't get anything.
They are also slow as crap to increase the number of devices the service supports. When I first got my Audiovox 5600 it's compatibility with the service helped drive me to that phone. When I lost it and got a replacement, the next gen Audivox, I was extremely disappointed that the service did not, and still does not, support it. The rest of the list of devices hasn't changed either. Not good.
I have never been a big Yahoo user, but this was a cool thing they've done and I'm still excited about it. But, if they don't make it cool and keep it working, I think they're leaving a wide open hole for someone (Google? perhaps Napster will get a clue and lower it's price).