Apple this week is expected to double the length of free song samples within the iTunes Store, from 30 seconds to 60 seconds, according to a new report.
Having 60 seconds of a sample to listen to will be better. But so often, the sample does not really provide a good idea of the song. It will be something like part of the long lead in, without any vocals. Or a part of the chorus without the bridge. For a lot of my favorite music, the sample often provides little real value in deciding about buying the song. 30 random seconds out of an 8 minute song is not going to be helpful.
I often end up using the reviews to get a better idea of each song than the sample itself.
Wouldn’t it be great if Apple would let us select which 60 seconds of a song we could listen to?