For a long time now, I've wanted to see the entire recording industry come crashing down into bankruptcy... And tonight is no exception.
I'm back in San Diego for the next two and a half weeks. If you've missed the stories from the previous trips - I basically sit in a loft all day and work on Alien Hominid. Sitting in a room all day can become a bit dull, so I like to go out and buy new music to listen to.
I don't have a car here in SD, and I don't know where any of the smaller record stores are, so I do my shopping at Borders. I pay out the ass for CDs.
Tonight I bought three CDs... The new Zero Seven ($17.99), the new Air ($18.99), and the new Beta Band ($14.99).
I come back to the loft and pop in Zero Seven. In their lame attempt to prevent piracy, they don't let me access the tracks directly - the CD instead launches a player to play them for me. However, the player doesn't work... I'll be 40 seconds into a song and it is still dead silent - and yes, I turned up the volume on the player. It apparently just isn't compatible with my PC or something.
So I toss Zero Seven aside and pop in Air. Air doesn't even attempt to open a player - instead I get a program that offers me a choice of three screen savers (actually, one screen saver in three resolutions). I try to fiddle around and "hack" my way into the song files, but alas, I'm not that savvy with this stuff. So I tossed aside Air and popped in the Beta Band.
Thankfully, the Beta Band worked. Not only was it the only reasonably priced CD (if you can call $14.99 reasonable), it is the only one I will be able to listen to for the next two and a half weeks. I won't be buying a CD player just to listen to those piece of shit Air and Zero Seven CDs.
So congrats Air and Zero Seven, you've lost a fan. I don't care if you are trying to prevent piracy, you are being dipshits about it and I will never buy any of your crap again. As for Beta Ban... Still a fan. Thanks, guys!