I’ve been mulling the possibility of this review around in my mind for a while now. Every time I’d start to outline a review, I would hesitate. I really wanted to spend more time with the game, exploring its depth and intricacies to ensure I really had a refined impression. After having spent a sufficient amount of time with the game now, I feel I can no longer delay. I must share the glory that is Android: Netrunner with my friends and our readers.
At times, the tech world can be amazing, innovative and inspiring; other times, though, it can be quite infuriating (e.g. patent wars, discontinuation of support, etc.). However, one of the trends in the tech world I simply cannot stand is when a company refuses to share a service with other tech companies. One case in particular is Microsoft’s lack of interest in making it’s Zune Music Pass service available to non-Microsoft devices.
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One of the biggest advantages and disadvantages of owning a smartphone is access to music. The advantage being that you no longer have to carry an mp3 player with you in order to listen to your music on the go. The disadvantage, your smartphone typically has less memory than an mp3 player, and you have to share that space with apps, photos and movies.
Services such as Amazon’s Cloud Player or Google’s Music Beta are an extremely helpful way to access all of your music at any moment, but only if you’re willing to wait for the insanely long time it takes to upload all of your music to the cloud. However, if you don’t have the patience, or (and this is important), you don’t mind not owning music you’re paying to listen to, then subscription based music services, such as Mog, Napster, Rdio or Rhapsody, may be just the ticket. But which to choose?
Each service offers a free iPhone and Android app, which will cost you $10 a month to use. Each service allows you to stream music on their website, and a few of the services offers a desktop app for Windows (Rhapsody and Rdio) and OS X (Rdio). In addition, Rdio is available on the Roku and Sonos, and Naspter can be found on select Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. In terms of library size, each services offers millions of songs and are constantly updating their libraries.