Would you spend $10 on a collection of 30 second song clips?

Zinio are offering a special edition Rolling Stone Magazine. The issue is titled "500 Greatest Songs of All Time", and it costs $9.99. It comes with a collection of the 500 songs mentioned in the title. The only problem is that you don't get the complete songs. (TBH, I wouldn't have expected Rolling Stone to be able to pull that off because of rights issues). Instead they included a 30 second clip of each song.

I'm a little annoyed about this. I feel that the 30 second clip is worse than nothing at all. This is an example of paid content not being worth nearly as much as the pirated free content.

Do you know what, I actually came up with a better idea while writing this post. I think they should have included a link for each song that would lead to either a Youtube clip or some other legit hosting site. That way people could hear the full song.

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2 Comments on Would you spend $10 on a collection of 30 second song clips?

  1. Heh. Most of the YouTube music is illegit. And legit ones fall under the streaming royalty scheme — which is why only the music companies themselves post them and are stingy about which ones they post.

    In a few days, someone will probably due a website for those songs. This is the Internet, dammit!

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