After spending probably an hour or two browsing through the iTunes Music Store, I’m still unable to find any songs in there that I actually want. I’m assuming this is because I tend to like music by the sorts of artists who are signed to independent labels, of which there isn’t much of in the store. Which is a shame – although these labels are complaining that Apple didn’t give them good enough terms, it’s not really Apple that’s put at a disadvantage, it’s them. They’re turning away people like me who are happy to buy their music and support their artists.
The more I browse the store, the more I like it. Being able to effortlessly preview songs before buying them is great, even if it has convinced me that no, I didn’t really want to buy that song/album after all.
I was also impressed by the fact that it had all 5 albums by the German artist ATB in there. A club remix of ATB’s first single “9PM (Till I Come)” was really big over here about 5 years ago, and a couple of other singles came out which were also remixed for the clubs. Unfortunately, ATB isn’t really a club music artist – his albums are more like ambient electronica, so the albums never sold well and he lost his record deal after his second album. Since then, we’ve heard nothing from him over here, so to be able to buy the three other albums that were never released here is quite cool. ATB in fact has a whole artist section over there.
Still, I just wish there was more music that I like out there…