“Rock bands The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica are refusing to make their music available as individual downloads on Apple Computer Inc’s iTunes online music store, a representative for the bands, said on Wednesday. That move comes in response to Apple’s decision to allow users to buy single tracks and is intended to protect the future of the long-playing album, the format that has dominated the music industry for decades, an agent for the bands said,” Reuters reports.
MacDailyNews Take: We were with these bands when they opposed Napster theft. We are agin them now. Preserving an outmoded “album” concept that didn’t even exist at the birth of rock ‘n’ roll is nothing but sheer idiocy. Nobody ever confused the average rock band with a team of rocket scientists, but you’d expect them to have enough smarts to realize they’re getting paid this time. We will not purchase The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ or Metallica’s music until they wise up. The future of the long-playing album is safe as long as bands make albums full of good songs. If not, good riddance.
UPDATE: April 04, 2006: The Red Hot Chili Peppers music is now available via Apple’s iTunes Music Store and individual songs can be purchased. We can now recommend the purchase of RHCP music. Hopefully, Metallica won’t be far behind.
UPDATE: July 25, 2006: Metallica is now offering individual songs for purchase via Apple’s iTunes Music Store. We can now recommend the purchase of music from Metallica.
Embargo lifted: Metallica begins offering music on Apple’s iTunes Music Store – July 25, 2006
Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Stadium Arcadium’ available for digital pre-order exclusively at Apple iTunes – April 04, 2006