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Itunes Too Rich And Lazy To Accurately Label Songs

A coupla months ago Marie Lynn was fuming at itunes inability to accurately categorize the songs she downloaded. I thought nothing of it at the time but as time has gone by I’ve found myself agreeing with her more and more.

Here is a list of pop-rock musical genre’s from the indie review web site – :
Hip Hop
Indie Pop
Brit Pop
Orchestral Pop
Lounge Pop
Mellow Pop
Avant Indie
Post Rock
Indie Rock
Post Punk
Noise Punk
Psych Rock
Shoe Gaze
Alt Rock
Power Pop
Alt Rock
Alt Soul
Rootsy Pop
Now here are the genres Itunes include:
Hip Hop
Heavy Metal
Everything else is considered Alternative or Indie.

Itunes are the single biggest distributor of mp3s -they have reached their billion songs downloaded, but a website certainly no bigger than, say, Spin Magazine, know how to categorize popular music and they are clueless.

What do Paul Simon, Oum Kalthoum, Kristy MacColl and Kaiser Chiefs have in common? According to Itunes they are all World Music. Bob Dylan’s country album “Nashville Skyline” is a folk album and worse, his rock breakthough “Highway 61 Revisited” is also a folk album. That is so pathetic. “61” got him booted from the folk fraternity, how can they label it folk music? Nine Inch Nails is electronica along with Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Dashboard Confessional are soft rock … well, maybe that’s an itunes employee making a point.

Does it matter? At the very least it is entirely unprofessional. They have chosen to be pros in the music industry but they are clueless as to what music they are selling. They are attempting to suggest music to us in their recommendation section but they can’t classify the music correctly. At Itunes Wilco and Merle Haggard play the same genre of music. Why would they not care?

There are two reasons for a big company to be run so arrogantly 1) they are Government run like the DMV and are not answerable to anyone and 2) they have a monopoly like Itunes.
Look at the care a record label like “Verve” put into their catalogue. Itunes can’t even get the right cover. (Ps: I see the $1.29 cost for a song all over the place, I haven’t seen the 69 cents anywhere). The truth is itunes isn’t run by music people, it isn’t about music any more than it’s about movies, it is a gigantic warehouse of recorded songs and the warehouse is God like in its indifference to the product it’s shifting. In effect you are doing business with machines -just digital bytes.

I was the first to complain about the major labels butthe major labels were people distributing music they had -at the least, a financial investment in. The more I think of Itunes the more I see the omnificent Steve Jobs pushing it out and raking it in with complete indifference to the quality of his product.

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