It’s no secret that many recording artists -- especially those from the bygone era of the long-form LP record format -- prefer listeners to enjoy their music as a whole, rather than on a song-by-song basis. One of the pioneers of such concepts, Pink Floyd, has just scored a legal victory that may change the way we buy such music from iTunes in the future.
Buying music has always involved tough decisions. Rolling Stones or
Beatles? CD or LP? The mall or the indie record store with the cute
cashier? These questions have plagued music fans for decades, but the
iTunes Store changed everything. Thanks to its convenience, huge
catalog, and iPod-friendliness, iTunes now sells more music in the
United States than any other retailer, either online or
brick-and-mortar. But choices remain. iTunes competitors have sprung up
all over the Internet, clamoring for your dollars.
It’s no secret that Apple’s iTunes software is widely considered to be a bloated beast written on top of ancient code. For all of its great features and continual update, the Mac version of iTunes is often more sluggish and slow than its Windows counterpart. But that may soon be changing, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.