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Re: “BoDeans don’t fade away

So now iTunes decides what is and what isn't relevant...

What a (musical) world we live in. I have used iTunes for years now to find older acts and see what they've been up to. I've downloaded "world" music that is not relevant in the context of the U.S.A. or American (corporate) radio.

I find it comforting to know that most "mainstream" radio, the iTunes format, and what music magazines consider to be relevant are proving not relevant at all. iTunes will hang on because of their sheer market volume. But what they throw at me on their music genre pages isn't relevant to me or most consumers.

When they begin to realize that, then there will be hope for them to hang in there and not turn out like the dinosaurs of the (former) record industry and over-the-air radio. As more and more artists figure out Web pages and PayPal, I'll be going direct-to-artists like BoDeans for my music and truly cut out the middle man.

Kurt has his own recording studio and once he gets the Internet down, along with sales at shows of direct CDs, he'll reap all the profits (along with Sam, of course), and be able to bypass the corporate ignoramuses that spell out their own demise. Sure, it won't be tomorrow, but how long ago was it that CDs were considered to be the future? iTunes should reconsider thier god-like statements of what is and isn't relevant.

Mr. Sad Clown, by the way, is an excellent recording all the way around. "Say Goodbye" should be getting A.C. airplay in ALL markets, as should "Gone X 3." "Shine" is another example of radio-friendly music that is relevant today.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by Route 66 on 07/01/2010 at 8:50 AM

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