The band Franz Ferdinand, recently gave some opinions on iPods and music downloading during an interview with Playboy. It is interesting to see what bands have to say about how consumers enjoy their music, whether its legitimately by buying a CD or paying 99c per download, or by downloading it for free from the Internet. The interview saw two answers that are most interesting. They were asked by Playboy for their view on the iPod music player.
NICK: Iím not quite sure. I think if youíre in one place, itís nice to have an actual album, a record sleeve, the lyrics. So there will always be that element of wanting to own something and not just have a song on a hard drive. But I know I travel a lot - and Iíve always liked to travel light - I donít like to have a lot of posessions. What I do is buy a CD and stick it in and rip it. Then I can listen to it and have it with me even if I lose the CD or give it away.
ALEX: I like the idea that, because of downloading, people are going to buy songs only if they are good. I think thatís a positive thing. It means lazy bands arenít going to get away with giving you one hit single and an album full of filler. We like the idea that every song should stand up in its own right so you donít have to listen to a song in the context of an album to understand it. I suppose thatís why Iím sympathetic to the download environment.
The fact that the comment by Alex mentions "trying before you buy" would indicate that he is talking about P2P users, as opposed to talking about users of services such as iTunes. An interesting point of view indeed. One of the main complaints by consumers about music these days, is the lack of breathtaking albums. Sure, you can easily find amazing tracks, but more often than not, they are on an album with 12 other average or less than average tracks.