OiNk is, you’ll recall, the latest independent music search site to be shut down by Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG in their ongoing, and totally fruitless, efforts to gain complete control of how music ‘product,’ as they call their shabby offerings, is distributed online.
Reznor and hip-hopper Saul Williams were being interviewed by New York Entertainment and, “At the end of the day, what made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world’s greatest record store,” said Reznor, going on:
Pretty much anything you could ever imagine, it was there, and it was there in the format you wanted. If OiNK cost anything, I would certainly have paid, but there isn’t the equivalent of that in the retail space right now.
OK. But what if iTunes?
It, “kind of feels like Sam Goody to me,” states Reznor, going on:
I don’t feel cool when I go there. I’m tired of seeing John Mayer’s face pop up. I feel like I’m being hustled when I visit there, and I don’t think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc.
It, “as potential, but none of them get around the issue of pre-release leaks. And that’s what’s such a difficult puzzle at the moment. If your favorite band in the world has a leaked record out, do you listen to it or do you not listen to it? People on those boards, they’re grateful for the person that uploaded it – they’re the hero. They’re not stealing it because they’re going to make money off of it; they’re stealing it because they love the band.
“I’m not saying that I think OiNK is morally correct, but I do know that it existed because it filled a void of what people want.”
Face it, Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG, it’s Halloween today, but OiNK is going to HAUNT YOU FOREVER !!!!
Really dumb move, even for you.
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