ASCAP and BMI were once artist friendly respectable institutions, but with their recent actions they have turned themselves into another shameful, pathetic institution much like the RIAA. In their latest next-level-of-stupidity-move they have decided that they should get royalties for the 30 second previews played in the iTunes store. Not realizing that no one uses these for music consumption and are instead tools to usually make sure you bought the right song (seeing as if you want to listen to a song everyone knows you just go to YouTube) before you actually buy it. These companies should be grateful people are going through a legal means to consume music since it is becoming rare and the last thing we need is iTunes jacking up their already inflated share of royalties in order to line ASCAP and BMI’s pockets. Nevermind if Apple starts charging for the preview to compensate for this new added cost. Pathetic! If you are a member of either of these organizations, write them and tell them how stupid this action is as well as their other retarded ideas like harassing bloggers and ringtones. More here.