Tuesday, July 15, 2003

JUST WHEN YOU'RE LINKIN THINGS OVER: Linkin Park's shouter Chester Bennington (and what sort of a name is that for a rock star?) has been attempting to explain why the band won't let people download individual tracks from services like iTunes:

"We're all going to have to adjust. You know what I'm saying? Eventually everything is going to be purchased online. It's just a matter of how you're going to do it. You know? Do you sell albums by track or do you sell albums to download for one cost when you go in to download the music? Who knows? It's not up to me, it's up to the people to figure out the way they want to do it, and to do it in a way that's not going to destroy the bands that they love. Bands like us that have commercial success by selling records are in a different place than the bands that are in a lower playing field, so it's hard for us to really understand from our point of view. But we do understand that there's an issue there, and until everybody kind of figures it out and there's more education on how to fix it, we're not really going to run around and preach anything that we don't know is going to work for certain."

So, that's clearer, then? It's nothing to do with the horrible, clammy hand of fear that maybe - just maybe - people might not want to shell out for the filler flim flam that is a Linkin Park album track, then. They're just waiting for "people" to figure out, uh, the way, uh, it's gonna work. Why do I think its not so much the comemrcial success that makes it tricky for Chester to understand the issues so much as being a bit dense?

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