You will remember that I recently described Amazon.com’s refusal to sell me MP3 files as the stupidest thing in the world. Because of that refusal, and because there was an album of medieval music that my wife really, really wanted, I used some of my store credit to buy a physical CD and have it shipped across the Atlantic.
And so Amazon.com sent me this message in response:
So let’s review. They refuse to sell me MP3s. They force me into buying a physical CD instead. They then add insult to injury by sending me more store credit, but this time limited only to MP3s which — stop me if you’ve heard this one — THEY WILL NOT SELL ME. They even say so right there in the email: “Amazon MP3 music downloads are available to customers located in and with billing addresses in the [sic] one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia only.”
Then in the name of all that is rational, why even send me the credit?
I can only conclude that they are deliberately taunting me.
Meanwhile, you may wish to read this related tale of stupidity, on a blog that I often read — the story of someone desperately trying to pay good money for the new Brian Wilson album. It makes me weep.
In the end, it won’t be the greed and irresponsibility of listeners that brings the music industry down in great waves of “piracy”; it will be the industry’s own astonishingly consistent stupidity.