Thursday, January 8, 2009

Rocking Romans

I was listening to a Catholic Rockers podcast, and in it the host mentioned a new Music web site/store that am thinking about checking out called Rocking Romans. From the title I'd guess that they specialize in Catholic music artists. There are a couple of these Catholic music sites out there including:

* After Mass Records
* Catholic Assn of Musicians
* Catholic Jukebox
* Disciple Records
* Family Land
* GIA Music
* Grapevine
* Heartbeat Records
* Icon Music Studios
* Spirit Wing Records

... and so forth. In the past I've wanted to use some music service (other than iTunes), but the catch has always been: how do you pay for it? I don't use PayPal, and I'm picky who I like to give my credit card to online. (It's not a matter of IF but rather WHEN your personal info is lost or stolen, despite all efforts to the contrary.)

Just for grins I clicked on the "Add to cart" button and it took me to ... Google Checkout?? It claims:
Stop creating multiple accounts and passwords.

With Google Checkout™ you can quickly and easily buy from stores across the web and track all your orders and shipping in one place.

Shop with confidence.

Our fraud protection policy covers you against unauthorized purchases made through Google Checkout, and we don't share your purchase history or full credit card number with sellers.

Control commercial spam.

You can keep your email address confidential, and easily turn off unwanted emails from stores where you use Google Checkout.
Yet another offering from Google, fast becoming the next online Evil Empire, despite their motto. Don't get me wrong, I love Google, but where's the tipping point?

The real question I have for you, dear readers, is has anybody actually tried it? How well does it work? If you don't use it now, would you?

Or for that matter, have you used any of the above listed Catholic/Christian resources? Some feedback would be great!

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