"Everyone Is Here" the new album from the Finn Brothers was released today.
"All things considered, a bit of a classic." (The Guardian).
I've loved their songs ever since Split Enz, so I had been looking forward to this album ever since I heard about it.
I just got my weekly email from Napster telling me that the album was one of this weeks featured releases.
Was my confidence in Napster about to be upgraded? Would the legal download experience finally exceed my expectations?
No, it bleedin wouldn't! Chris and Brad have managed to let me down again. I pay my £9.99 a month to be able to listen to their vast music library, only to be informed that this particular album, the one I want to listen to as soon as it is released has been relegated to the "Buy Only" category. This means that I cannot listen to it, unless I pay another £9.99 to Chris and Brad. They will let me listen to the first 30 seconds of each track, but even the Geneva Convention would class that as torture.
So what am I to do now?
There is no way that I am going to pay the Fiddle Brothers (Chris and Brad, not Neil and Tim) any more of my hard earned cash.
So what are my options?
I could wait until Crapster take this album off the "Buy Only" list, but that could be weeks, months or never.
I could go to Tesco's and pay £11.24 for the album, which would take me about 45 minutes.
I could order it from Amazon for £8.99 (plus postage and packaging) and get it in a day or two.
Or I could look for a BitTorrent seed for the album, download it to my PC, burn an audio CD and listen to it while I do the washing up. This would take about 15 minutes (that's for the first part, it would take me a lot longer to do the washing up because I do it properly. Mechanical dish washers just steam the plates in a bacteria filled fug you know).
I remember when they told me that home taping was killing music.
These may have been the same people who came up with this great advice
Well, if the so called music industry don't pull their socks up and make sure that the experience of buying music legally is not vastly superior to the experience of p2p sharing, then they should consider adopting this logo for their next campaign.
Chris and Brad are trying to get people used to the idea of downloading music legally, but if they can't provide a good enough experience then they will be encouraging their customers to go to a download service that delivers the goods, and that maybe a p2p mechanism like BitTorrent rather than iTunes or Real.