Originally Posted by sticknick
Presonally, I care about iTunes LP as much as I care for the whole "I want the physical media (CD/vinyl etc) for the packaging" argument...
In other words, I don't care.
I don't buy music for fancy cover art, or printed lyrics, or Photoshopped photos of the band, or some liner notes of who cleaned what toilet in the studio.
I hated fancy gatefold record covers back in the day (any album by Yes). I hated stupid fold out tape covers that were so contrived it was like an origami project putting them back together (U2 - Achtung Baby). I hate stupid CD packaging (Tool - 10,000 Days) ... mostly because when you buy something like this you realize that the packaging may be cool, but the music is half assed (ALL of the above mentioned albums).
I buy music for the music
. I'll take 12 excellent songs and a pixelated jpg of the cover for $9.99 over $14 for 2 good songs, 5 ok songs, 5 crappy songs (or in the case of this promo, twenty shitty songs), and an MS Technet sized website worth of useless info any day.
You are in the minority there, people loved their vinyls, and their cds as physical items. I miss them greatly, for me itunes has never (and will never) replace the physical item, and I love music, I have 1000s of cd and vinyl titles.
I think this is a great idea by apple, and a lot overdue, to bring back the artistry of the cover to the computer, and in a few months time with the great tablet, we ll have a great host for these new covers...now if they could only offer it for albums we have already bought...
Of course the next step which for me is an absolute must is the option for alac for every album, sure this is going to take some staggering amount of disk space, but apple aren't building those server farms in N. Carolina for nothing now are they?
That said seeing as 99.9999999% of the albums nowadays are crap, I woudn't miss covers for new edition. While I am at it I pity this generation seeing as all good music is so far behind them... then I again I too bought more than anything older music when I was young, but you would get the occasional great new album out too.
Btw, everyone, go buy the new Bob Dylan Christmas Album, all proceeds will go to get food on the the table for millions of less fortunate people.