Paying for music

When I was a little kid, back in the 1980s, my old man had a cassette copy of Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night that we would listen to in this rapist van he used to own. I spent a veritable shiteload of time listening to it, along with the likes of Phil Collins’ No Jacket Required, Love Zone by Billy Ocean, the Whispers album with “Rock Steady,” and especially Colour By Numbers by Culture Club[1].

For the past few days, I’ve been using a free trial version of MTV’s new music service URGE to listen to those albums, along with a bunch of other shit I’d probably never end up listening to otherwise. While it’s true that I could probably find a way to steal almost anything that was ever popular at one point or another, I probably never would, as evidenced by the fact that I’ve yet to up until this point.

Seriously, who wants to turn over 80mb, or whatever, of their hard drive to the Moody Blues’ Sur La Mer, even temporarily? Creating space on my machine for every song that I might want to listen to once or twice might involve deleting some pr0n, and that’s just out of the question.

The cool thing about MTV’s URGE and, presumably, whatever other music stores that offer similar subscription models is that they let you stream pretty much anything you can imagine right there through the URGE console (i.e. Windows Media Player 11). If you actually own a compatible MP3 player, I suppose you could upload whatever songs you want to it.

For a while now, I’ve had the Apple’s iTunes store on my computer. But I’ve yet to download anything from them because I find the idea of paying $.99 for a song, especially one that I could just as easily steal, fucking retarded. Like pretty much everything else Apple has ever produced, I wouldn’t be surprised if the iTunes store ultimately ends up primarily the domain of rich homosexuals[2].

At the very least, I wouldn’t be surprised if they incorporated some sort of subscription model. As much as I hate the idea of paying for music, I’m thinking about ponying up the $14, or whatever, when my trial ends just for the sheer convenience[2].

[1] My old man still spins a copy of Colour By Numbers to this day. To his credit, it really is a better album than you’d think. But nullus anyway.

[2] That said, the blogs pretty much suck. The hip-hop one hasn’t been updated since May 16th. Which is amusing when you consider that the people they got running it don’t even update their own blogs very often. Of course that’s what’s gonna happen.

  • Mrs Damian Marley

    Oh God loved culture club, can’t forget about The Eurythmics (Sweet Dreams)

  • BELIZE

    waste of my time reading this shit…step it up bol…

  • expungablerobot

    Fuck a subscription, Bol, take anything you want. A quick search on froogle (no homo) pulls up 160 Gigs of external harddrive (again, no homo) for as cheap as $106. And Torrents are free. Fuck paying another subscription, after cable already gives it to everybody in the ass, and HBO finishes off their mouths.(2xNH)

  • Mikey Ess AKA SukedowN

    Here comes Larry in his rapist van. Quick! Roll up the windows and lock the door.

  • http://novaslim.com nOva

    Homosexuals ARE rich.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Homosexuals ARE rich.

    That’s an interesting point, actually.

    Is someone that’s rich more likely to be a homosexual, or is someone that’s a homosexual more likely to be rich?

    You always hear the latter, but I’m betting it’s the former.

    Nullus.

  • Nigeria

    ”Is someone that’s rich more likely to be a homosexual, or is someone that’s a homosexual more likely to be rich?

    You always hear the latter, but I’m betting it’s the former.”

    Wise words

  • JES SAI’N

    WHEN THE WELL HAS RUN DRY HUH..? WERE YOU PAID FOR MENTIONING MTV’S NEW PRODUCT URGE(?)… I MEAN THIS IS REALLY OUT OF NO WHERE… HOW ABOUT THIS, TRY A BLOG ABOUT GNARLS BARKLEY, OR E NESS BEING ANOTHER POTENTIALLY RAPED BAD BOY ARTIST, OR HEY BALL PLAYERS AND THEIR WEED CARRYING RAPPERS i.e. AI AND HIS SACK STASHER TY GRACIE… HE’S DEPLORABLE BUT HAS A SINGLE WITH JEEZY PRODUCED BY JAZZE “CANT GET ENOUGH OF THE SWEATER VEST” PHA…

    JES SAI’N

  • http://www.trendsettazinc.com DJ Main Event

    lmao what the hell is nullus? no homo?

    and about rich gay males… who really knows?

    http://www.myspace.com/djmainevent

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >lmao what the hell is nullus? no homo?

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nullus

  • MosBang

    Are u serious?

    What was the purpose of this blog Bol? I need to know.

    Are people having problems buying music? So what makes this more advantageous?

    I think I’ll stick to Limerwire
    p.s. they have porn too :)

  • Danja29

    BearShare it up, nigga…

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Are people having problems buying music? So what makes this more advantageous?

    The problem with buying music is that it’s just not very feasible economically to buy all of the music you’d ever want to listen to.

    With this subscription shit, you don’t have to. It’s like the difference between joining Netflix and buying a new DVD every three days.

  • http://www.hiphop-blogs.com Hashim

    I’ve been using Yahoo Music Unlimited’s subscription service for almost a year.

    I’ve bought about 20 songs, downloaded hundreds off of subscription, and I’ve listened to thousands of songs, old and new that I only want to listen to once or twice.

    The subscription model works.

  • Fuck ya

    bol what the point is it to get a machine like ipods and mtv urge or w/e the fuck…whats the point when i can just get a program like limewire and download iti n 3 seconds

  • Fuck ya

    what is the point* my bad

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >bol what the point is it to get a machine like ipods and mtv urge or w/e the fuck…whats the point when i can just get a program like limewire and download iti n 3 seconds

    Convenience.

    I would’ve thought the same thing. But since I’ve got this subscription shit, I’ve listened a gang of shit that I never would’ve thought to download.

    Especially shit that’s not as popular, and hence more difficult to steal.

  • eweezy

    let’s not knock bol folks. he just got PAID!!!. do you even know how coveted the “urban” demographic is by companies like Microsoft and Viacom (parent of MTV)? so don’t be suprised if your favorite bloggers start writing about new cell phones and off brand mp3 players. look at the top 10 on 106 & Park. damn near every video has some music/phone device in it. the phrase that pays of the day is…PRODUCT PLACEMENT.

  • http://www.87northmusic.com J. Biz

    …this is why I steal

  • JES SAI’N

    I WAS JABBIN’ AT FIRST, BUT YOU ARE REALLY SALE’N THIS URGE(?) SH!T… I MEAN YOU ARE GETTING CUSTOMER SERVICE QUESTION AND ANSWER ON… **COUGH** BUT AFTER SPRAY’N MY HATE-A-WAY I REALIZE THAT HEY NIGS FROM THE BURBS CAN GET THEIR HUSTLE UP TOO… I MEAN IF HATE-A-WAY WOULD GIVE ME A CHECK I’D MENTION THEM ALL DAY IN A BLOG… THINK ABOUT HOW MANY HIP HOP HEADS NEED HATE-A-WAY… I’D GET PAID AND HELP THE HIP HOP COMMUNITY!

    JES SAI’N

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    ^I couldn’t even do anything like that if I wanted to, per the terms of my contract.

  • Morgan Cole

    I get my music the old fashioned way. I’ve got a bitch who works at Best Buy who steals me shit.

  • allnice

    Man Bol, I just cop the CD and rip it. Sometimes they have sales on real old cds that no one buys for like 7 bucks, so I just that up and cop it. Underground classics sometimes go real cheap. I just like have the jacket cover so I can check the production and what not…..Sometimes you have to settle a dispute with your friend from QB about who produced the aint hard to tell beat on Illmatic……

  • Nullus

    “Is someone that’s rich more likely to be a homosexual, or is someone that’s a homosexual more likely to be rich?”

    Gay guys rarely have kids, so their disposable income doesn’t get drained like that. Same as well-off double-income single couples – more spending power, hence chased by the advertising dollar, hence punch above their weight in matters of popular culture.

  • Nullus

    My bad… when I said “single couples” I obviously should have said “childless couples”.

    No oxymoron.

  • tC

    If you can afford a computer, you can’t afford a cd? I don’t get it..I know its not “fun” paying for music but maybe this is why there isn’t great albums out. Artist know people will rip them off so they do a half-ass job hence rap sucks right now

  • http://www.myspace.com/marinepark BROOKLYN

    CHECK OUT MUSIC..FIRECRACK!!

  • NoMamesBuey

    yo allnice,

    http://prodby.altervista.org/

    this site ProdBy will tell you who produced the Illmatic tracks.

    This is the only site I’m aware of that lists producers as well as “guest MCs or singers” for most rap albums. Also you can add the data for an album not present.

    Anyone know of other such sites that are better in this category, or is ProdBy “the GOAT”?