iTunes: Nefarious Stealers of Musical Soul or Gentle Purveyor of Great Sounds?

A nice roundup of artists who are going with iTunes includes two primary Detroiters Bob Seger, who is slowly trickling stuff out with the service, and Kid Rock, who doesn’t.
Last week, Seger announced a deal with iTunes that will see his two live lps, “Live Bullet” and “Nine Tonight” ready for download.  Seger will also kick loose some unreleased tracks on iTunes in the future.
Kid Rock has been an iTunes rebel from the start – the only thing you can get is “Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast” and a few tracks from some comps and soundtracks. In March he told CNN”s Piers (really, can’t you spell Pierce correctly?) Morgan:
“I don’t like being told what to do. I will say this, just so there’s no misconceptions. I’m not only a fan of Apple products, I have stock in the company. I think Steve Jobs has started one of the greatest American corporations — one of the greatest corporations in the world in the last 30 years, whatever it’s been. And I appreciate the way he says, you know what, it’s my company, you know, sell your music for this amount of money, I’m going to run it the way I like it and if you don’t like it, screw off. I can relate to that. That’s exactly how I run my companies. But, I just don’t think that everything costs the same price. I think that’s un-American. Everything is not the same price at any level. There’s things that hold value and put value on it by money. That’s how our system works. Let me make the deals. Let me figure out the packages I want to sell to my fans. Let’s all be creative that way. You know, and, at the end of the day, too, I’ve said this many times, I believe that if a product is that good, people will buy it. It’s not about the convenience of it, that you can just buy it at the click of a button.” 
In 2008, Rock, smart and dead on, encouraged listeners to download his music for free:
“I don’t mind people stealing my music, that’s fine. But I think they should steal everything. You know how much money the oil companies have? If you need some gas, just go fill your tank (up) and drive off, they’re not going to miss it.”
Online music is an aural playground, and it’s about the only time I surf other than for work.
Last night, I was talking to Kevin Monroe from Mule and the Laughing Hyenas. As we spoke, he referred to the first Mule release, the terrific Tennessee Hustler/Black Bottom single on Nocturnal, which I don’t own. I found it here and downloaded it pronto.
Without it, I never would have been able to hear it, tell you of it and encourage you to score any Mule you can.





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