I’ve long felt that the music industry has been out of touch with reality with the business model it has been using since the Internet became so popular. My opinion remains unchanged but I wanted to share a recent experience, that had the record industry been set up to capitalize on it, they would have not only gotten a sale from me, for which I was perfectly willing to spend money on, but because of sheer stupidity and region issues, I was forced into downloading for free, what I was perfectly willing to pay for.
I am a subscriber to Sirius Satellite Radio and one of the programs I like to record on my Sirius Radio is a weekly broadcast called “Nordic Rox” which is a three hour program specializing in music from Scandinavia. The witty tagline for the show is that it is home for “Good Looking Music.” The program is hosted by Sven Lindström and is sometimes joined by Per Gessle of my favorite group, Roxette. As I tend to like acts from Sweden, it’s a good opportunity each week to hear some classic and new material from Scandinavian artists. Well on one of the recent shows, I came across a song entitled “Longing For Lullabies” performed by the remix outfit called Kleerup featuring vocals by Titiyo. Titiyo is the younger sister of Neneh Cherry, and half-sister to Eagle-Eye Cherry.
Typical with songs attributed to remix artists, the featured vocalist only appears for one song. Since the album that “Longing For Lullabies” originates from features other artists that I don’t know if I’ll like, I saw no reason to try and track down the album to purchase it. I only wanted the one song. I immediately went to Amazon.com to see if they had an MP3 version of it I could buy and they unfortunately didn’t. I could buy an extortionately priced CD single from a third party seller, and that wasn’t going to work for me. I like the song, but not at that price.
I also checked iTunes, and there was no “Longing For Lullabies” to be found there. I checked iTunes Swedish store and of course, several versions of the song are available there, and all I could do was hear 30 second samples of each. Sadistically, they taunt and tease me because any attempt to purchase the song only results in iTunes tell me that I can only buy from their US store. It’s like walking into a store and seeing what you want at a price you’re willing to pay, but the storekeeper won’t let you buy it.
As far as I’m concerned, music labels should be making it incredibly easy for customers to buy what they want, instead of this restrictive territory nonsense, as a customer who wants to buy a song, but the fact it’s available in Sweden and not the United States shouldn’t be a factor. I think these idiotic record labels need to open it up. Allow the label in the country where the song originates administer the collection of fees for the song but allow a global audience to buy it. If I want to buy a song by a Swedish artist, then I should be able to buy as a download from Sweden. If I wanted an Alanis Morissette song, then Canada should get to administer it. If I want a song from Duffy, then the United Kingdom should be able to administer my purchase. If I want something from Stevie Nicks, then the United States should get that sale, but enough of this bull crap where I can’t buy a song from Sweden because the idiotic morons running the US record labels haven’t licensed the track to a US label.
Since the record labels wouldn’t allow me to give them my money in exchange for a song I want, then I was forced to find somewhere that would let me download it. And it didn’t take long. Within a half an hour, not only did I locate the song, I downloaded it and uploaded it to my iPod where in a couple days of continuous playing the song, it’s reached the top 25 most played songs on my iPod. All that for a song I wanted to BUY LEGALLY, but was forced to find other means to get the song I wanted.
It’s no wonder the music industry is failing in today’s world. Until they can collectively pull their heads out of their own asses and open it up so people around the world can buy the music they want, I will be more than happy to see the industry continue to fail. Don’t get me wrong, I will still be buying the albums of artists I like to continue to support them, but let’s start making it easy for people to buy what they want without having to resort to finding other means to get it. It doesn’t take a college degree to figure out if people are waiving money at you to sell them something they want, than it makes good business sense to sell it to them.
It wouldn’t be fair to deny my readers who may not yet have had the opportunity to hear this great song that’s knocked my socks off in the last week, below is the video for the song as posted on YouTube. Thanks again to the Nordic Rox program on Sirius Satellite Radio for introducing me to “Longing For Lullabies” by Kleerup with Titiyo on vocals. If you like the song, please share a comment below, however, I leave you on your own to locate a copy if you want one for yourself. If you live in a territory where you can buy the song, please support the artist by purchasing it legally. For the rest, collectively, let’s give the music industry a giant extended middle finger for their shortsighted business model.