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January 22, 2005

The Glow of Impulse Purchase

So, there I was, under the duvet, listening to the radio this morning. Curtis Stigers was on the phone for no apparent reason, waxing poetic about Fountains of Wayne. And they played "Hackensack", which was terrific. So. No luck on eMusic, checked out Amazon, and their much plaudited previous album, Utopia Parkway, appeared to cost £3.33. Now, that's not a lot. Further investigation found a huge pile of £3.33 albums, most clearly dreadful but nevertheless I racked up six to buy in a few minutes -- Utopia Parkway, two albums I owned on vinyl, an album I've been meaning to get for ages, an album I don't have by a band I used to really like, and, well, yes, Funky Gibbon by the Goodies.

All they need now is a button on the checkout page saying "Let's save work and money! How about we just send these to you as MP3s, instead of us finding the CDs, packing them, shipping them, you getting them from the post office, unpacking them, ripping them, and having to file the CDs somewhere in your house full of junk?" Because, you know, DRM is a crock. If only there were people out there ready to ship me my music in a sensible way, I could be telling you about how these albums sound now, instead of just remarking on their purchase.

Posted by Alison at January 22, 2005 10:15 AM


Do you realise you've just cost me 20!! It would've been more, but I figured 6 CDs would do for the moment. Been promising myself some Scott Walker for a while and I had to get a SAHB compilation...

Posted by: Sarah Mooring at January 22, 2005 11:58 PM

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