Monday, May 16, 2005

Shady Napster! Shady! Shady!

So, I'm watching TV today (as I sometimes do) and I see this Napster-To-Go commercial eight billion times. "Do the math!" they claim. Um, and being the bored iPod whore that I am, I did. Napster claims will cost you $10,000 to fill your iPod (er, assuming you solely use the $0.99 iTunes, for every single song, and, uh, never use any of your ginormous iPod storage for anything else, like, oh, voice recordings, presentations, audiobooks, photos, etc. so on and so forth, and by the way, that's only $9900, not $10,000, but who's keeping track?). BUT! It will only cost you $14.95 for all the Napster-To-Go tunes you can handle! Woot! Um, except for the whole, it's actually $14.95 PER MONTH and you'll only have access to the songs for as long as you subscribe bit. So, if you want those songs forever, you need to either subscribe FOREVER or, uh, buy all the albums and rip them, yesno? Which defeats the purpose of a subscription to this Napster, right? Am I missing something? Is there a way around this whole "for as long as you subscribe" clause that would make this kind of indenture worthwhile? There is that whole, "you don't have to have an iPod" thing. You can have any one of a number of other players...that cost just as much for less storage, clunkier looks/handling and, um, totally random extras like an AM/FM tuner!* I am beginning to totally hate Joss Stone. Sorry, that was random, but I have now seen this stupid GAP commercial featuring her ass, literally, like, 40 times. Fuck you, GAP. Get the ladies of Floetry up in that bitch, and maybe, maybe we can talk. Spare me your blond teen pop-soul wannabe, mmmkay? My tolerance for such artists died after Fiona Apple. Onward. Nevermind. I just need to stop watching TV. It makes me ornery. *Which makes absolutely no sense to me as an inclusion that is supposed to compete with iPod features, UNLESS of course you are also an undercover intelligence operative who handily uses your portable radio to detect bugging devices wherever you go.


At 5/17/2005 10:01:00 AM, Blogger Dragonslayer said...

You know I'm not hip enough to actually watch TV, so I had to look Joss Stone up. I still don't recognize her. I guess I don't watch enough GAP ads (but I can watch the ad and download a free Joss Stone song from the GAP site). Now that you've slammed her, I won't waste my time.

At 5/17/2005 10:09:00 AM, Blogger Sid said...

Hey Carlos,

eh, I'd say check her out for yourself. There are plenty of respectable soul/neosoul and pop-loving types who quite like her, I think. I just happen to get really pissy when when you take a little blond girl and market her as some new soulful superstar and then hype the shit out of her, when there are literally thousands of sisters (and in that I am including all women of all shades) who have markedly more vocal skill and overall talent, but who will never get a shot because they aren't little blond teeneagers.

End rant.

Lots of people love her album.You might too, lol.

At 5/17/2005 10:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so cool--I only wish I was discussing something subversive enough to have the excuse to try the AM/FM bug detection method. I don't think that talking about rotten sour cream and frog surveys makes the cut:

is there a spy here?
recording my wise discourse?
or am I boring?

(It is haiku tuesday!

At 5/17/2005 12:17:00 PM, Blogger K. said...

I don't hate Joss Stone (though I think she's overrated as a singer, she's more of a mimic than a great voice.) I do, however hate the marketing forces that decided to positions her as the new "blue-eyed savior of soul" with "R&B music in her blood" when she was in truth an aspiring teen pop singer who was introduced to soul through her manager.

And you are well on point, if she were not white, blond and cute, she would not get a second look from the industry,

At 5/17/2005 05:30:00 PM, Blogger Sid said...

Keidra, you're right. I don't actually hate the player, I hate the game! Ha!

She's probably like any other starry-eyed teen singer, doing what she's told. Like Pink, who started out all R&B and then went pop.

At 5/17/2005 11:20:00 PM, Blogger Zantiferous3 said...

ROFLMAO I am sooo glad you told me this!!! LOL@ don't hate the player hate the game... hilarious.

and REALLY LOLing@this type of indenture. ROFLMAO that was ridiculously funny.

Noope...definitely not worthwhile...

At 5/19/2005 10:43:00 PM, Blogger Mahogany Elle said...

Ohmygosh... we are totally *here* on Joss Stone. She's a tryin-ta-sang wanna be soulstar and I can't stand her. (*whispering* Wow, I didn't know I could be that harsh). I'm especially annoyed, because, uh... she CAN'T SING!!! And no, the hateration is not because she's white. I looove me some Teena Marie, but let's face it, Joss is being hailed so much because she's a white girl. Put her up against Jill Scott, India.Arie or any number of folks and she's blown out of the watah, like what?! *whew* Glad I got that off my chest LOL

At 5/19/2005 10:47:00 PM, Blogger Mahogany Elle said...

Yes, and Napster IS SHADY... I should have read your post before I caught myself trying to be slick downloading all these songs and then unsubscribing...only to have them make the songs unavailable to be played (even though they're on my comprutah)..Dang, why'd they gotta take me for my papers? :)


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