Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Let's Fuck With Free Napster!

In case you didn't hear, Napster is free again. Sort of. Just give them an email address and you get to listen to any of the 2,000,000 songs they have in their catalogue up to five times a piece. On the downside, the songs are encoded in 32kbps flash, meaning they sound like AM radio.

It's obvious to me that this is a data-mining exercise. They just want to know what the kids like, and I think it's our duty to help out. Here's what I need:

Two thousand volunteers willing to sign up, listen to Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" five times in a row, then quit.

Why? Because the next morning, a lab-coated scientist will run down a hallway with a dot-matrix print out (perferated edges, alternating green and white background), bursting into the CEO's office, "It's Fleetwood Mac!'". By the afternoon, Napster will have undergone the great "Fleetwood Macification of 2006"- featured articles, reviews, exclusive tracks, interviews with Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood, rare b-sides, ticket giveaways to Napster-sponsored world tours, etc etc etc. My god, it will be beautiful.


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