I was on a web site recently. It was a discussion forum. One forum visitor, replying to a another who was having a particularly difficult struggling with an emotional issue, posted a link to a music video. I was curious so I clicked the link. I was brought to YouTube and a video for a song called “Jealousy” by Will Young. I had no idea who Will Young was, nor had I ever heard that song. I loved it. (See bottom of this posting for the video link.)
After a little research I found out the Will Young was the original “Idol” from the very first year in the U.K. The original version of the show is called “Pop Idol” and when it later came to America, “American Idol”. But Will Young was the very first ever in that franchise to win. And he’s had a VERY successful carreer. I couldn’t believe that even with all that I had never heard of him. I’m not a kid anymore but I try to keep up with what’s going on in the world. So finding the song, and the artist was a pleasant surprise.
I immediately fired up iTunes (as much as I hate iTunes, sometimes that’s just where you have to go) and did a search. A pop up box said he couldn’t be found. I was surprised and a little bummed out. But the pop up box also said that what I was looking for was available on the UK iTunes site. Cool!. So I followed the link to there and found the song. When I tried to purchase it, I was asked for my iTunes account and after typing that in, I was told I couldn’t buy the song because I was in the US and I “wasn’t allowed” to purchase the song. What?! I suddenly remembered this happening to me a year or so ago when I tried to download some other song. At that time I went through the process of setting up and account on the UK iTunes website, made up a UK address and all went well until I put in my credit card number. I was told the credit card number belonged to a USA bank and therefore could not be used. Fucked again. At that time, I gave up, pissed off at how stupid this all was.
But not this time; I wasn’t giving up. I went to Amazon.com and did a search and had the same problem with not being able to purchase it because I was in the US. I was not yet deterred complete. While FREE music download sites like Napster, Limewire and Kazaa are long gone.there are still ways to get free music.
Let me say, first and foremost, that I believe in paying for music. If I could have handed Will Young the $20 for his CD personally, I would have done it gladly. I would have paid him, his record company, a record store, or anybody else to legally purchase this music. HOWEVER, THE MUSIC INDUSTRY ITSELF HAD MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO PURCHASE THE MUSIC I WANTED.
By using a torrent download site I was able to get the entire Will Young CD called “Echoes”. I probably shouldn’t admit that I did it because it’s probably illegal. But I will gladly pay the $20 to whomever should get it, if they can tell me how I can purchase the music without having to fly to the UK to do it.
So, music industry folks, I don’t know if you are dumb, greedy, or both. It seems that one begets the other. But you need to get you act together. I believe that most people are like me. I would gladly pay for ANY AND ALL MUSIC THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE, JUST GIVE ME A WAY TO DO IT. Get your lawyers and your licensing and your greed in check and then people won’t be forced to steal music from the Internet.
Let me tell you something: music is a very personal thing. When a song hits you, it hits you hard and you will do anything to get it just so you can listen to it anytime you want, over and over again. Some music is just like that – you simply must have it. It’s innate. I’ll say it one more time. I WOULD GLADLY PAY FOR THE MUSIC I WANT IF YOU GIVE ME A WAY TO DO IT. And I believe most people out there feel the same way.
By the way, if you are interested in the song I was trying to find, here it is. The dance edit called “Alias Edit” is fantastic, as is the rest of the CD. If you are in the US, good luck. Maybe I should send it out to anyone who want it.