Culture, Info Tech, The Economy

It seems that some artists are boycotting the Apple Music Store because they won’t sell albums unless the artists also agree to let Apple sell the songs individually as well. I can understand this — as artists” they want to control how people experience their product. But, to be honest, even if I go out and buy a whole CD, the first thing I do is rip it to iTunes where, while I might listen to the album straight through one time, from then on I’ll listen to each song individually in random mix mode. I guess I missed out on that whole sixties vinyl album fetish thing.

But I have a different problem with the Apple music store policy of selling albums as individual songs. While some albums can be bought for a discount if you buy the entire album — some albums must be bought song-by-song. This can be quite expensive if the album has lots of songs. While their albums often go for under $10, the individual songs are all 99 cents, and an album with 16 or 20 songs costs a lot without a discount. It reminds me of grocery stores in the poorer neighborhoods of Philadelphia where they would cell individual cigarettes to those too poor to buy a whole pack, or the discount stores in my neighborhood in Queens where they sell items from buy one get one free” packages as individual items.