2008-04-29

And now all the uncool kids try...

It struck me that what Trent Reznor does must be real obvious to anyone with an IQ of about 80 when someone as uncool as Metallica figures it is time to get on board with alternative ways of distributing their music and generating an income.

On general principle, if the content they put up is worth listening to, I'll go for the free option. I'm not giving my money to Metallica. It would be wrong of me to not remember their behavior back when they could have chosen to be reasonable.

Screw you, Metallica.

2 comments:

  1. Had a particularly bad day, have we‽

    Usually, you're able to provide insightful and well formulated opinions on important matters. But your recent hate towards Metallica just comes across as sub-moronic verbal vomit.

    Metallica fought against Napster for the rights to their own work; it was not against fans, but against criminals. They have a long and proud tradition of allowing fans to tape their shows, and even access professionally recorded live shows at livemetallica.com. But it has always been on their own terms. And their future endeavors in the digital distribution of music will surely follow that tradition.

    So stop jumping on the "let's hate Metallica" fad, and do some proper research, and pay some proper respect to the innovators in the music business, if your peripheral vision is not severely blocked by Trent's butt cheeks.

    Or just sit down with a cup of coffee, breathe and relax. And download some legally tendered Metallica, you hippie :)

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  2. There is nothing recent about how I feel about certain aspects of Metallica. I think they shot themselves in the foot during the Napster debacle and precisely because of their image of being generous towards fans when it comes to bootlegs etc. I was quite disappointed in how they handled it.

    I think the main reason they handled it badly was because they didn't really understand what was going on. They had an ill-informed knee-jerk reaction, and then before someone could sit down and explain to them that a frontal assault may not be the best option, the train had already started rolling and they couldn't get off it. And whether they liked it or not, they ended up on the side of the fence with all the sleazebags in public opinion -- intentional or not.

    At the time I thougt their response was disproportional.

    In retrospect I still think their response was disproportional and I additionally think that their behavior contributed to legitimizing the sort of antics the RIAA are up to today as well as the general panic that lead to bad laws it will take decades to repair or remove. I am not giving them the blame for the ill deeds of others, but they sure did their part to contribute to the hysteria. Hysteria that has cost society real money and that has had disproportional consequences for a few individuals who had to pay for our collective sins.

    Thinking about this makes me a bit cross and the only consistent way to deal with it is to not reward stupid behavior.

    (In all fairness, I don't think we (FAST) were that far from Napster at the time since we provided FAST mp3 search. While we didn't really provide a distribution mechanism, we did provide an enabling technology that could be used for piracy -- or not; it was up to the user. In fact, it was equally useful for copyright owners. It would be impossible to deny that the service would have been of much interest if it hadn't been for all the improperly distributed content that was on the net).


    As for the business model that NIN used for their last album, I think it is fairly obvious that it'll only make sense for a relatively narrow spectrum of artists: those with a large, loyal following. Thus it would be wrong to assume Trent has finally found The Business Model. But I think everyone is aware of this.


    I am still an old fashioned fart. I prefer my music on physical media and I feel dirty when I buy stuff on iTunes :-)

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