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This is not a Love Song

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The joy of online music databases! You hear a song in a film. It’s called This is not a Love Song. The song has been covered quite a few times and the cover version by Nouvelle Vague had caught my attention before. I can then type the title of the song into the wonderful internet and get a nice listing of all versions of the song - neatly distinguishing cover versions of this song from different songs which just happen to have the same name. Each cover version will appear exactly once and of course all the typos have been removed by the power of crowdsourcing. To top things off, I can buy a copy of the song without DRM crap in a reasonable quality for a Euro or so.

Ah, yeah, and then I woke up and looked at the actual listing iTunes gave me:

iTMS search results for 'This is not a Love Song'

Duplicates and inconsistent writing without end and DRM crippled versions liberally sprinkled in between. And of course the list items aren’t collected in groups that belong to the same original song.

And before the Mac fanboys start moaning - I know other online stores aren’t better. Not even P2P networks are.

November 23, 2008, 0:04


Comment by Dave2: User icon

I don’t have to be a Mac fanboy to say that it’s not Apple’s choice to have the music be DRM crippled… that’s entirely up to the labels. Rumor has it, however, that a few more big companies are jumping on the DRM-free bandwagon here soon. w00t! I hope I can upgrade music I’ve already bought to be DRM-free… that would be sweet (especially if free!).

November 23, 2008, 3:59

Comment by g: User icon

And before the Mac fanboys start moaning - I know other online stores aren’t better. Not even P2P networks are.

From the screenshots I’ve seen, you need some ‘what.cd’ in your life. :p

November 23, 2008, 10:31

Comment by ssp: User icon

As usual I say that it’s of course Apple’s choice to have the DRM. It’s their store. Nobody forces them to sell DRMed songs. Nobody forces them to display them by default.

I don’t think I’m getting that link.

November 23, 2008, 12:03

Comment by g: User icon

what.cd is a bittorrent tracker for music, it’s private and it specializes in music that is not mainstream. “Somebody” recently showed me a few screenshots from what.cd; some very impressive things are being done on that site — including how they handle database searches. It’s a rich experience that does not look inept.

November 23, 2008, 20:07

Comment by ssp: User icon

Yeah, go on, water my mouth…

November 23, 2008, 22:55

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