Tommy Lee's Naked Eloquence On File Sharing
from the so-convincing dept
Part of the promotional campaign for the Buy.com’s new BuyMusic service is to have well known musician Tommy Lee posing naked on a huge billboard in Times Square to “make the case” that downloading music on file sharing services is bad. I’m not exactly sure how a naked Tommy Lee proves that file sharing networks are bad, but I guess I just needed to hear his convincing argument. Tommy Lee was on hand to unveil his nakedness and told everyone, “when people steal music, it sucks.” Aha. Case closed. Is he trying to tell us that if we went out and bought his music he’d keep his damn clothes on? Meanwhile, as more details come out about BuyMusic.com it sounds like a weak copy of the other, dreadful music services that are already out there. They’re being incredibly misleading in their advertising, and are offering digital music in restrictive formats. The advertisements say songs are $0.79, but they actually range from $0.79 to $1.29 – and most of the popular songs are on the higher end. Also, there isn’t much you can do with the song once you download it. You’re limited in ways to get it off your computer. You can only burn it to CD a limited number of times, it can only be played on a single computer, and they won’t work on most digital music players. This really doesn’t sound all that different than the old, dreadful, PressPlay – just without the subscription fees. So, no Tommy, the fact is, when the music industry puts up awful attempts at offering music where they do everything possible to restrict the consumer from actually listening to the music – that sucks.