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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    crystalattice (profile), 28 Aug 2008 @ 7:43pm

    Then they just lose money

    What's better, a guaranteed sale w/ a small profit or a possible sale w/ a big profit? Throughout my life, I've been taught that gambling on the bigger win is dangerous; it's better to take the smaller, guaranteed win.

    These companies need to realize that they are in the business of selling music, not shiny discs. If my music isn't available how and where I want it, I will go to other places.

    Many times on iTunes, a band/song I want isn't available; often because American iTunes doesn't have many foreign bands. Rather than game iTunes so it looks like I'm in a foreign country, I simply find the torrent. It's easier and I get what I want.

    Another good way is to capture streaming Internet radio. The vast majority of Euro-dance I have is from Shoutcast.

    If these companies would simply offer me what I wanted, I would give them money. Why can't they understand that?

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