The big news in the music industry today is that Sony/BMG is finally catching up with the other three record labels by announcing that they will begin selling DRM-free mp3s at Amazon
, making them the final of the big four to submit to the pressure of removing the crappy software. Check out an article about it here
. For those keeping score at home, this means that Amazon has now become the best site to buy DRM-free mp3s from artists signed to the big four. It's the beginning of a small step towards the right direction, I suppose, but there's a lot that needs to be taken care of before we can start singing the praises of record labels and the fat cats who inhabit them.
This will all get fucked up somehow.
Rolling Stone loves lists, especially when it comes to the end of the year. Among the
lowlights highlights were Year Zero coming in at #21 of the 50 "best" albums of the year and readers naming "Survivalism" as the best music video of the year. Also, check out your local radio stations and their websites to read their lists to see where NIN placed rather than suffer the agony of listening to them. Bleeding of the ears may/probably will occur.
Thanks to everyone who emailed us about the lists.