Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Just a thought

Viz Geoff's deconstruction of Sandi Thom and the resultant exposé of the cynical marketing behind her "success". And that Gnarls whossname stuff. And the Arctic Monkeys and others. I'm having trouble with all this people's music crap put about by the download companies. Who are the people this great march forward for technology is meant to be benefitting?

They rattle on about ease of accessibility and you only get what you want and you've got it all in a nice little box blah blah. It's all sweaty bottoms.

You need to buy a PC to download the tracks or copy your existing stuff with plus a decent broadband link that probably comes bundled with an attractive phone package that means you'll be tied up yakking when you should be in the garden cleaning the pond out. And then a horrendously expensive box of tricks to play your bunch of 1s and 0s on and probably a hi-fi with a docking unit and one for your car as well. And a cheap one for the kitchen. Or you don't have one at the moment, you soon will have because every other twat's got one. When your PC explodes or your iPod snaps in half you've lost your record collection again, unless of course you've had the foresight to sit and recode them onto a CD-ROM. That means you have another CD collection, but at a lower quality than the original. You won't ditch all your CDs, will you, because they're a slightly better quality than MP3s and after all, they cost you a fortune and it's nice to have the covers. Of course, you can go to one of those sites where you can download a cover for that album you've just downloaded from iTunes and print it out several times because it wasn't right the first time, using hugely expensive ink onto shitty paper. Not to mention the fact that you will probably be downloading loads of spyware and then when you can't afford the "official" stuff you'll be back on P2P sites meaning you'll soon have to go out and buy another PC because you've knackered the last one accidentally downloading a load of Russian granny porn instead of that old Mountain album because you didn't quite understand the software..

Oh, and anyone walking around with white "ear buds" in looks like the kid at primary school with the permanent ear infection. Showing my age.

You mugs.

21 Vegetable peelings:

Blogger Richard Seamon said...

OK. Within 2 hours of posting this piece it was at Number 2 out of 107,000 on Blogger's blog search for "Russian food" I'm sorry for disappointing the searcher but, I will do a recite for borshch next week. Promise.

3:54 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

Can't beet that, I suppose.

5:37 pm  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

I don't know pelmeni times I've heard that one.

5:44 pm  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

Someone else will have to take over, because I don't know the names of any more Russian dishes, but we all love a pun, and let's see if this thread can get 50 comments.
I have no idea what the original article was about. I think I read it, but I have forgotten.

5:45 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

dough svidanyia?

7:16 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

I was told by our work's computer expert that mp3 quality is better than CD. It's worse.

And you try and record an album and it does it all for you. Except the track listing is in the wrong order. And they jump. And I'm sure my mp3 player is going to conk out soon anyway.

Yes, this digital music thing is a real bichki.

8:08 pm  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

Kiev me a blini minute to work out what the cossacks is going on here. Apple can take its iPods and stroganoff for all I care.

I'm guessing you have a beautiful pond. Do you keep sturgeon?

10:34 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

No, but I'm appearing in our community theater's latest production, "The Pierogies of Penzance."

10:38 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

I've been sturgeon for an answer to that one, but it's a hard roe to hoe

10:40 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

and if you keep returning to this thread, it's caviar emptor

10:40 pm  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

I'm not rasputin that!

10:57 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

Want to carve a Halloween potemkin?

11:05 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

We're not showing any lenincy to those who're stalin for time

11:06 pm  
Blogger Richard Seamon said...

Well I'll be belugad, 13 comments.

11:56 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

justleaving our Marx

12:07 am  
Blogger http://www.stevedix.de/blog said...

Bingo! Richard, you've hit the nail on the head. I wish you'd tell that to some of the "pundits" I've heard predicting the death of CD.

ps.Geoff, you can tell your computer expert at work that he's either got serious hearing problems or he's talking utter bollocks. If it's the latter, consider sacking him.

12:33 pm  
Blogger Richard Seamon said...

These would be the pundits working for Apple and suchlike?

I've got huge respect for Jobs and Co but well, it's just another platform and not as good as the last. What really irks me is that it's aimed at kids who can't really afford the technology so it's us who end up paying for it again.

Recordable DVD, too. Come on - decide what bloody system you're all going to use so I can play my Dad's discs on my one and don't have to choose between 8 different types of blank in Partners.

1:32 pm  
Blogger krusty the baker said...

Number 2? Sounds like a Tolstoy-ry to me.

8:58 pm  
Blogger Richard Seamon said...

You been at the sesame seeds again, Krusty?

10:25 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

Com une, come all

11:51 pm  
Blogger http://www.stevedix.de/blog said...

"Who are the people this great march forward for technology is meant to be benefitting?"

It's benefitting me, for a start.

9:49 am  

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