The battle between Vince of MetalSucks and Century Media over CM’s decision to pull their music from Spotify has been heating up. Everyone else on the metalnets is chiming in (including Spotify). Now, Vince’s and CM’s arguments are both worth reading. Head over to MS and check them out. Both sides of the argument contain completely valid points as well as plenty of chin-scratching, psdeuo-reasoning. Clearly, I wish that CM was on Spotify. CM holds the license to so much good metal (Arch Enemy, Deicide, Insomnium, etfuckingcetera). I own quite a bit of it, but the new stuff that I want to hear, but can’t afford is unavailable on my new, ultimate favorite in the history OF ALL TIME program, Spotify. So, I head over to Grooveshark and usually find it there. So, all is well at the end of the day, but if I were to pay the $10/month for Spotify, I’d be fucked on the go.
I’d plug my iPhone into my car and be without anything CM that didn’t have a playlist made from my own collection. Bastards. Extra work for me, the consumer. I think not. Actually, it’s not that huge of a deal and I’m running my point completely off the rails.
I’ve run the gamut of methods of music and posted about it before when I first praised Spotify. Rhapsody, Mog, Pandora, Last.fm, Grooveshark, physical/digital purchases and a long-running (but, luckily retired) habit of pirating music. All of them have their benefits and many of them have their downfalls. What I noticed with Spotify was that it, being totally legitimate, still had a huge selection of metal. Pandora and Last.fm aside, in the streaming world, that’s a huge plus for metalheads. Clearly. But, every program has its downfalls. Mog only had one Immortal album; a live Wacken gig. Rhapsody suffered in the same ways with other bands (which I can’t remember right now and don’t feel like researching). Grooveshark has tons of awesome bootlegs and live shows, but doesn’t have a lot of really obscure black metal that I want to hear. They all are awesome, but suck in a lot of ways.
Spotify has the potential to dominate the streaming market and, for metalheads like myself who doesn’t indulge in physical music mediums anymore, that’s a big deal. Century Media pulling away puts a huge dent in my willingness to continue usage of this thing. I mean, I’m listening to Tsjuder right now on Spotify, but when I get the urge in a bit to listen to a Nevermore album, I’ll be shit out of luck. If Spotify was my only means of music, that would be colossal bummer.
Get with it, Century. Come on. For the fans. For the kids. For the sake of not being assholes.