We all remember when Jay-Z released American Gangster and refused to let iTunes sell it as individual tracks. Guy Garvey from Elbow is jumping on the same train and is complaining about iTunes not letting him fix his album as a complete set.
While iTunes does have many flaws, the ability for consumers to pick and choose which tracks to buy is a great advantage. With the music industry struggling to get consumers to purchase music the idea of forcing them to buy an album when they only want the single is not wise.
I once read that Beck was going to release an album where consumers could pick the tracks they want off his website and a custom cd would be burned and shipped to them. Maybe he did this and I missed it but he did have the right idea with The Information album artwork.
I saw this on The Hold Steady forums. I am seriously impressed with the music selection. ** notates a Pitchfork selection
* Battles — Atlas** * Black Rebel Motorcycle Club — Need Some Air * Blitzen Trapper — Wild Mountain Nation** * Dinosaur Jr. — Almost Ready** * Jay Reatard — My Shadow** * Kasabian — Reason Is Treason * LCD Soundsystem — Watch The Tapes** * Modest Mouse — Dashboard * Peter Bjorn & John — The Chills * The Cars — Moving In Stereo * The Cool Kids — 88** * The Cure — Never Enough * The Flaming Lips — The W.A.N.D. - no MF edit * The Hold Steady — Stuck Between Stations** * The Presidents Of The United States Of America — Cleveland Rocks * The Revolution Fox Experiment — Hyper Charlie * The Strokes — Someday