Apple's iTunes for Windows software won a ringing endorsement from Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg yesterday.
Mossberg tested Apple's solution against Roxio's Napster 2.0 and the MusicMatch service. His conclusion? "For now, iTunes is the best choice on Windows," he wrote.
His column – which is available online – offers a fair comparison of each solution. MusicMatch offers "some features even iTunes can't match, such as the ability to store lyrics with songs," he writes; while Napster 2.0 lets consumers re-download songs they have purchased – even from a different computer, he reveals.
He also notes that Apple's service does not support Windows Media, meaning owners of non-iPod MP3 players won't be able to play downloaded tracks on their chosen players, he claims.
"Overall, I believe Apple's iTunes is the best combination of a music store and jukebox program for Windows users," he writes.