Yesterday night Muse’s widely anticipated new released leaked to the web. Like Jay-Z’s earlier this month it became so popular it was a trend on Twitter. Yesterday we wrote about how Jay-Z’s release has had over a half a million pirated copies fly around the net before it was available to buy. Like fear mongering retard Glenn Beck I am a huge fan of Muse. As a fan of their music I am willing to pay for it. It becomes a very big dilemma when you see a leak and want to support an artist. You don’t want to contribute to something they didn’t sanction and support them and at the same time you want to hear their music so bad. While many people do hold out, it is a tough moral decision, your intense love for someone’s music will often be the thing that drives you to learn how to use torrents and then it becomes a very slippery slope. I know, I was initially drawn into torrents this way. while today we read reports of record sales plummeting yet again, I have to wonder why is it record companies haven’t pressured iTunes, Spotify and the rest of the lot to obsolete the leaks by making records available the second they start to leak.
We know that leaks cause record companies huge ulcer’s of pain, and it would fatten their wallets if artist’s were able to get their music available to be paid for the second they leak. This would also help stop the turnover of people who are music buyers turning into pirates which is the industry’s ultimate goal. iTunes and Spotify both attempt to be cutting edge music software yet their uploads are anything but. Through expensive rush service you can get your music on iTunes in 3-7 days through services like TuneCore and WaTunes, but this isn’t fast enough. If immediate upload became available these leaks could finally be done offering fans who have waited years to hear from their favorite artists a way to do so, and before people who they feel are not “real fans” who pirate the music. It’s about time that iTunes and any other online music distribution to step up to the plate if they want to survive.