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Guns N' Roses Loves Online Music, On Its Own Terms

from the release-it-already dept

It will be great when Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy album comes out -- if only because it'll end 14 years of speculation and hype, and maybe we'll stop hearing about it for a while. It's scheduled for release on Sunday (and will be available only at a single chain of stores, thanks to an exclusive agreement), but the band is already streaming the record on its MySpace page. This comes after the band got the FBI to investigate a blogger who posted some songs from the album online a few months ago; the blogger was eventually arrested, and recently plead guilty in a plea bargain. So, like so many people in the music business, it appears that GNR love the power of online music as a promotional tool, as long as it's on their own terms. Having the guy who posted the songs prosecuted did nothing to stem the tide of illegal downloads of GNR songs, while his actions helped to promote the band and their work. Furthermore, what's the real difference between streaming the songs on MySpace, and having them freely available elsewhere online? Those who are so inclined can still find a way to convert the streams into downloaded files, while the streams could just point some users to download the album via BitTorrent, where it's readily available.
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    Nitrodist, 21 Nov 2008 @ 8:51am

    Re: Re:

    Because you have to be online to listen to it, you can't bring the internet with you in a car (or on a bus) (excluding some kind of mobile internet package from a mobile provider), and going to myspace.com and then navigating around on the site every time you want to listen to the CD or a specific song is downright inconvenient in the long run.

    So yeah, buying a CD (or purchasing the tracks off iTunes/other service) is preferable to streaming, mostly. If the person who was questioning whether they wanted to buy the music already had the music on their HDD instead of not having it (e.g. downloaded vs. streaming), I would say that the person who doesn't actually have the music is more likely to purchase it.

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