The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
These 21st Century marketing strategies are
awefully clever, but I fail to see how some of them make any money whatsoever.
This morning, for example, I was greeted by the welcome news that U2 were giving
away 5 million copies of their new album to iTunes subscribers. Well I have two
iTunes accounts and I now have a copy of the record on my iPad and I am
endeavouring to download one to my computer. But it is a bloody complicated
procedure, and I don't know whether I am being dumber than usual, or whether the
whole thing is needlessly difficult.
An amusing thought here: It was much easier to
download music from illegal P2P networks. Perhaps one of the reason they were so
popular was not because - as is popularly imagined withion the music business -
that "the kids" wanted something for nothing, but because no-one understood how
to download them legally!
It has the one and only John Ellis, one time guitar
guru of The Vibrators, Peter Gabriel, The Stranglers, Peter Hammill, Judge Smith
and more on the cover. Doug Harr was there in the audience when Kate Bush played
live on last Friday evening, and Jon finds out about Clepsydra's plans for the
future from bass ace Andy Thommen. There are also new shows from the wonderfully
eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at
Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive. There is also a
collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and ursine tree kangaroos
(OK, no weird arboreal marsupials from New Guinea, but I got carried away with
things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part
is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
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