Sunday, November 07, 2004


OK, here's the thing. I now have itunes. This means that in theory it should be possible for me to waste hours searching for obscure music and legally downloading it to my computer. But I've already decided that itunes is not all it's cracked up to be. First of all, it doesn't have all the music I want. Yes, I'm an 'I want' type of consumer. Very demanding, I know, but that's my generation.
Also, it's very expensive. It's not just that it seems expensive compared to the free (illegal) music, it's more than that. The music arrives as a digital thing - I don't get anything concrete for my money. Surely this means that the costs of providing it are very low. I know that the artist is only getting a few pennies per track (if that), and there is no retailer in the middle, no distributor, nothing in fact, except the music. I even have to pay for the blank CD that I record the music onto myself.
Which is why it all seems a bit of a rip off to me.
I'm much happier buying second hand CDs. The music I want is easy to find on the internet and, per track, it's much cheaper.
So there you go. What about the state of the music industry in general? Don't get me started...


Anonymous said...

Uh Oh! I was thinking of downloading itunes and getting a player. I was intrigued by the idea that I could just load up only the songs I wanted.

What couldn't you find?

I am big on jazz, classical, oldies rock, some new age.

Joe said...

I don't know why I didn't respond to this before. Sorry!
I think looking for jazz on itunes is almost hopeless. It seems like it's only really good for new music. Even established artists don't have their whole catalogue available through itunes.
Nothing wrong with the portable MP3 players, though. I don't have one, but it could be great to load onto it thousands of my favourite tracks and carry them round.