bill-swift - November 15, 2012
Two years ago, Prince famously stated that the internet 'was over.' Unfortunately he discovered he was not in fact the heir apparent to Nostradamus and somehow the internet had managed to keep kicking along even without the presence of his music available for sale on it. Which probably explains why even he finally buckled and allowed his tunes to be available for sale on iTunes (I went out and bought 'The Batdance' as soon as I heard the news).
But Prince isn't the only one who was hesitant to distribute his wares across the interwebs on iTunes. Many artists have complained that the site ruins music, but sooner or later they all come around. For awhile people thought talkies would never take over silent films and now look--I get to sit at my girlfriend's and listen to Katherine Heigl just talk and talk and--Okay, bad example. Anyway, once The Beatles released their entire re-mastered catalogue on iTunes it seemed like the floodgates had opened and current, relevant artists like Bob Seger and Kid Rock allowed their music to be sold by the juggernaut.
But there are still a few holdouts out there, artists who for whatever reason have decided that no, people will be forced to go to an actual record store and pick up their new album. Now if they would just tell me where to find a record store.