Originally Posted by solipsism
Thats all I got.
That's a good list. Drumasaurus? Any farther back and it would be CDiacaran age.
Originally Posted by maccherry
Hey, the record labels should have told Apple to go straight to hell with their ala carte business model. But no! They hoped on board the yellow submarine like they always do. The record labels are notorious for allowing the tech industry to dictate what medium their music should go on.
This is sarcasm, right? Very good, it threw me for a loop.
Originally Posted by santaclas
Got to chime in (first time). I don't really get this - I've always bought the album 'cause it it is a part of the experience discovering new song with the artist you like. They might not be as good as the song(s) that the label chooses to release as a single, but it is the package that counts. I guess no one has the patience or time anymore to actually sit down and just listen so a full album.
In a sense, I agree, there are often other good songs on an album. It seems unfair to not offer any way to listen to them before committing to the whole album though. They run the two singles ragged on the radio, and the rest of the songs on the album are anyone's guess unless you buy it, can borrow it. Even the thirty second samples aren't really enough, it would be nice to listen to the whole thing some how. I understand the reticence because of copying concerns, but if someone's going to copy a song, they'll go and do an illegal download. I do the samples, if I hear something promising in more than half the songs, then I'll hope for the best and get the whole album.
For me skipping out on songs from an album is like choosing what scenes you don't want to see in a movie. I guess you don't fast forward in every movie you see.
That argument really only works for concept albums, which is a rare beast and went extinct long before iTunes was an idea. Most albums have a collection of relatively unrelated songs, also evidenced by concert tours where set lists are often rearranged at will. If it were really like skipping parts of a movie, then rearranging songs wouldn't make sense because you have a sequence of events in a movie, the third act cannot be understood well without watching the first and second. Rarely in an album is the whole album a single, connected story, like a novel. It's more like a collection of short stories, skipping story #5 often has no impact on enjoying story #11.
I'm not telling you not to just buy the songs you like...just that the package and experience that the album offers to let you hear new songs surprise you is lost. And as it goes for Pete's food metafore I would put it like this: Go into a restaurant you don't ask the waiter to skip the potatoes, gravy or what not because you don't want to pay for it. If you don't like you leave it on the plate but you will pay the same price anyway.
That metaphor falls apart because most restaurants let you choose your sides. Which is not too unlike like burning your own mix CD with tracks from anywhere and everywhere, or buying á la carte and making your own playlist. Still flawed metaphors. But definitely far better than a musician saying that people should pay money every time they hear a song.
I think he meant if the artist had a direct deal with iTunes, but I don't know if or how many have such a deal.