Bands Avoiding iTunes For The Wrong Reasons

from the it's-not-going-to-make-people-buy-the-album dept

This is hardly a new phenomenon, but the Wall Street Journal is noting that some bands and some record labels are avoiding putting music on iTunes (or in some cases, pulling music off iTunes) in an effort to force people to buy the full album, rather than just a few tracks. There are plenty of reasons to dislike iTunes, but it seems hard to believe that this does anything positive for the bands in question. The article quotes Kid Rock's manager, who compares apples to oranges, by pointing out that people who are on iTunes sell more single songs than albums, but that's rather meaningless in comparing to an artist (like Kid Rock) who's not on iTunes at all. Not putting your music where people want it is only going to piss them off.

Hell, even record industry execs are getting frustrated by bands not having their singles anywhere that can be downloaded legally. And, yet, the sister record label to the one that employs the annoyed exec above is experimenting with an even more annoying proposition: pulling popular songs from iTunes after they've become popular, to see if it gets more people to buy the CD.

Honestly, is it really that hard to understand the concept of providing the customer what they want in a convenient manner?

Filed Under: albums, itunes, kid rock, music, record labels, singles


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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Aug 2008 @ 2:41pm

    It's up to them....

    I guess it is up to the record labels to decide if they want to do this or not but I think they are shooting themselves in the foot.

    Maybe I'm the minority but I wouldn't buy an entire album I didn't like just to get one song. That is just a waste of my money. If that one song I like isn't available then they've lost a sale. It seems like they are using the same logic on this topic as they are on illegal downloads, that every download is a lost sale. Which is far from the truth.

    You know why I don't download movies anymore? It isn't because I'm scared of getting busted by the easily beatable techniques they use to catch people. It's because I have Netflix. Someone came up with a great system that provides me with the content I enjoy for a price that I find very reasonable. That is how you adapt and make money while keeping your customer base happy.

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