Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Coke vs Pepsi Points

I have found myself getting into pepsi and coke points in terms of song downloads. I can't say with one is the best but they both have their perks. Pepsi does not offer as nearly as many points Pepsi has picked Amazon as their music store choice. Amazon uses DRM free MP3s compared to Cokes choice of Rhapsody which uses a format .rax. Real Audio format can not be used on players and devices other then their own. Rhapsody on the plus side is giving you cash value credit which you ca use to buy albums. Coke offers more points but to use the songs on a media player you have to burn them to CD as seen by this message.

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On Mon Feb 11 12:02:35 2008, wrote:
> Why does Coke choose to use Rhapsody when companies like Pepsi choose
> to use Amazon DRM-free music? When I redeem my reward from
> Rhapsody, it can only be in the format .RAX. I enjoy Coke more then
> Pepsi, but those songs aren't very useful to me. They won't work on
> portable devices. These rewards are going to cost me blank CDs in
> order to use them on a portable device, which is an additional cost
> to me. Is there a easier way for me to listen to these songs on
> something other then a Windows desktop?
> The response i got from rhapsody:
> *----
> Trevor: Hello. Welcome to Real's Live Chat. How can I help you?
> Patrick: Hi, i did a download today it always ended up in the format
> of .rax instead of wma
> Trevor: Sure, I can help you with the information about the Rhapsody
> tracks.
> Trevor: Please give me a couple of minutes while I check your account.
> Trevor: Sorry for delay in reply as I was working in your issue.
> Trevor: Thanks for your patience.
> Trevor: I checked our records and I see a Rhapsody Free account under
> this email address XXXXX
> Trevor: Patrick, Rhapsody tracks are secured .rax format tracks.
> Trevor: You cannot have them in other formats.
> Patrick: the application says you can download them in wma
> Trevor: Patrick, Rhapsody tracks are available in .WMA format only in
> subscription mode.
> Trevor: If you wish to transfer or purchase and download them, you can
> only have in secured .rax format.
> Patrick: thats too bad, rax don't work on my devices
> Patrick: so i guess you're saying i should drink more pepsi :-(
> Trevor: You can burn the purchased tracks in your CD's as .CDA format.
> Patrick: Does it cost anything to take my .rax file and burn it to a
> CD under the Free account?
> Trevor: After purchase, you can burn them without extra cost.
> Trevor: Is there anything else that I can help you with today?
> Patrick: No, just going to have to use a lot of blank cds :-(
> Trevor: Thank you for using Real Live Chat. It was a pleasure
> assisting you, and I hope you were satisfied with the experience!
> -----*

A song from Rhapsody costs 15 coke points as the deal stands now compared to 33. Pepsi is 5 points for each song without plans of change. Points as far as I have found them:

Pepsi = 1
Coke = 3
12 Pack
Pepsi = 2
Coke = 10

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is very helpful. Thanks! I would like to point out an additional significant difference regarding difficulty of entry. Pepsi codes are darker and much easier to read than coke point codes. I have had to reenter coke points more than once due to not reading them correctly. The Pepsi point entry screen is much easier to get to and operate. The coke screen requires clicking through a flash thing in order to get to the entry screen. Happy Listening.