Music Industry Fail

In 3 Stories:


Ana Tijoux: Addressing Global Unrest In Rhyme

“I live in Chile, with all those student protests, and this parallel situation that is happening with Indignados in Spain, or the crisis in Greece, or Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Oakland. When I was making [the album] I was reading a lot of news and talking about the world with friends, and in the end that totally influenced my work.”

After reading this article and listening to the podcast I really wanted to purchase Ana Tijou’s new album La Bala as an mp3 download. I don’t ever buy drm-crippled music, so iTunes is out of the question. has the album but won’t let me purchase it where I live. just has an import CD, but does not offer an mp3 version. further google searches didn’t give me any viable result. Ana Tijou’s official website does not have a shop.

So where am i going to turn?

This pisses me off, i really wanted to support this artist.
Ana, if you read this, can i paypal you some money?


The Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde: It’s evolution, stupid

We all know how evolution works, except one industry that refuses to evolve: the entertainment industry.

Instead of looking at evolution as something inevitable, the industry has made it their business to refuse and/or sue change, by any necessary means.


“Today I urge everyone to make sure that the entertainment industry does not profit from them anymore. Stop seeing their movies. Stop listening to their music. Make sure that you find alternative ways to culture.

“Spread and participate in culture. Remix, reuse, use, abuse. Make sure no one controls your mind. Create new systems and technology that circumvent the corruption. Start a religion. Start your own nation, or buy one. Buy a bus. Crush it to pieces.”

After their appeal was refused by Swedish supreme court, the pirate bay guys face up to a year in prison. But of course this did not change their convictions. After all, the earth really is not flat.

I especially liked the suggestion to boycott the entertainment industry and to find new ways to culture. There’s something to contemplate…


[image source: b3ta]

Whitney Houston album price hike sparks controversy

The music giant is understood to have lifted the wholesale price of Houston’s greatest hits album, The Ultimate Collection, at about 4am California time on Sunday. This meant that the iTunes retail price of the album automatically increased from £4.99 to £7.99.

This just shows how deeply cynical the music industry is. And I have nothing else to add.

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