Later this week I intend to publish a review of Street Sweeper Social Club’s new self-titled album. First, I wanted to make a quick point about the new models of legal consumption of music, using my acquisition of the SSSC album as an example.
I was aware of the impending release of this album, though not necessarily watching the clock. Yesterday, I was reminded of its availability by an announcement that a 256kbps DRM-Free MP3 version was $4 on Amazon. I clicked the link to purchase it, and was told I’d need to download and install an Amazon “downloader” application I’d never heard of to continue.
I closed the window, and two clicks later, it was downloading in iTunes. I paid more for a more convenient experience, and please correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think my behavior nor my expectations are particularly unusual.
What I mean to illustrate is that it’s the experience that makes or breaks an available means to acquisition- whether it’s illegal or legal, free or not. The most responsible praises of torrent sites and P2P phenomena articulate not their free-ness, but their efficiency and convenience.
I know you- our readers- already know this. But we consider it our duty as certified sons of bitches to needle the industry from over here in the back of the class, every single time they slip up.