Vote for free downloads

The combination of Wilco and legal mp3 downloads is probably as close to an ideal subject for this blog as it gets.

W I L C O have put up an “audio postcard of sorts from a summer’s night in Oregon with our friends the Fleet Foxes & a lovely Bob Dylan tune”. It’s a free download, if you “pledge to vote in the 2008 Election”.

This brings up the question, if it’s morally acceptable to download the song, if you’re not a US citizen…

They do give you the opportunity to download the song without providing any information, so at least it’s not a legal problem.

Getting punished for respecting the law

If you bought DRM protected music from WallMart you’re screwed…

WalMart shutting down DRM server, nuking your music collection — only people who pay for music risk losing it to DRM shenanigans – Boing Boing.

People might not be attached to physical objects anymore and they might not care about sound quality, but this must be the number one reason why DRM-protected downloads is not a good idea.

Digital vinyl failure

Last week I bought Beck’s Modern Guilt, which is, by the way, the best album he has made in a while. At Ground Zero it was available in vinyl with a free mp3 download voucher, so how could I resist?

Using the download voucher was a total failure, because the downloads were only available in the US. It’s perfectly fine to buy an import LP in France, but you don’t get the free download…

This has never happened to my with an Indie label, but clearly the majors still need some time to catch up with consumer expectations.