I Want My iTunes: Bands and Fans Speak Out

The iTunes vs. Record Labels battle has been heating up. Now bands–such as the Foo Fighters and Switch Foot–and fans speak out. Here is an excerpt from Rolling Stone’s website:

Fans of Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters and Switchfoot have deluged the bands’ Web sites with angry messages, and the bands have been outspoken in their disapproval as well. The DMB Web site includes detailed instructions for circumventing the copy protection; Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman expressed his frustration in an anguished post on the band’s Sony-run Web site: "It is heartbreaking to see our blood, sweat and tears over the past two years blurred by the confusion and frustration surrounding this new technology."

Many industry executives say the labels’ copy-protection gambit is bad for both bands and fans. "I think it’s a big mistake," says Jim Guerinot, manager of Gwen Stefani and Nine Inch Nails, both signed to Interscope, a division of Universal Music Group. "You’re selling the customer less of an experience. Everybody you’ve convinced to use iTunes and buy an iPod now can’t use the CD."

It is clear that we have not heard the end of this. Is it possible that CDs really are going the way of vinyl? It seems like Apple has the consumer figured out on this one. Time will shortly reveal the outcome.

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

8 comments

  1. I struggle sometimes with purchasing from iTunes or buying a CD. There’s just something about having the CD with the whole packaging that helps give a listener the whole experience of the work the band/singer put into the album.
    Plus the fear of one day my computer crashing with all that music on it purchased from iTunes is just scary. I know I’d forget to backup my music. That’d be a huge bummer.

  2. I struggle sometimes with purchasing from iTunes or buying a CD. There’s just something about having the CD with the whole packaging that helps give a listener the whole experience of the work the band/singer put into the album.
    Plus the fear of one day my computer crashing with all that music on it purchased from iTunes is just scary. I know I’d forget to backup my music. That’d be a huge bummer.

  3. I struggle sometimes with purchasing from iTunes or buying a CD. There’s just something about having the CD with the whole packaging that helps give a listener the whole experience of the work the band/singer put into the album.
    Plus the fear of one day my computer crashing with all that music on it purchased from iTunes is just scary. I know I’d forget to backup my music. That’d be a huge bummer.

  4. I struggle sometimes with purchasing from iTunes or buying a CD. There’s just something about having the CD with the whole packaging that helps give a listener the whole experience of the work the band/singer put into the album.
    Plus the fear of one day my computer crashing with all that music on it purchased from iTunes is just scary. I know I’d forget to backup my music. That’d be a huge bummer.

  5. The great thing about iTunes is that you can have the best of both worlds–you can download stuff to get that “single” you like and you can rip your songs from your CD collection, thus putting all your music in one place. And, it can be backed up on custom CDs you can rip, too. So, backup is on the iPod, CDs you burn, and the CDs you own. I have already lost some CDs, so having them ripped into iTunes allowed me to save them! BTW–I use iTunes to help plan worship, too.

  6. The great thing about iTunes is that you can have the best of both worlds–you can download stuff to get that “single” you like and you can rip your songs from your CD collection, thus putting all your music in one place. And, it can be backed up on custom CDs you can rip, too. So, backup is on the iPod, CDs you burn, and the CDs you own. I have already lost some CDs, so having them ripped into iTunes allowed me to save them! BTW–I use iTunes to help plan worship, too.

  7. The great thing about iTunes is that you can have the best of both worlds–you can download stuff to get that “single” you like and you can rip your songs from your CD collection, thus putting all your music in one place. And, it can be backed up on custom CDs you can rip, too. So, backup is on the iPod, CDs you burn, and the CDs you own. I have already lost some CDs, so having them ripped into iTunes allowed me to save them! BTW–I use iTunes to help plan worship, too.

  8. The great thing about iTunes is that you can have the best of both worlds–you can download stuff to get that “single” you like and you can rip your songs from your CD collection, thus putting all your music in one place. And, it can be backed up on custom CDs you can rip, too. So, backup is on the iPod, CDs you burn, and the CDs you own. I have already lost some CDs, so having them ripped into iTunes allowed me to save them! BTW–I use iTunes to help plan worship, too.

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