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Kid Rock snubs iTunes, turns to Rhapsody

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Fri October 3, 2008

Kid Rock picks Rhapsody

Popular rap-rocker Kid Rock has chosen Rhapsody as the exclusive online sales venue for his music, the owner of latter party has announced. Real notes that Kid Rock's albums have not been available online in any legal manner in the past, whether for download or streaming; as of today, the artist's entire collection should be available for purchase or streaming through the subscription version of Rhapsody.

The decision is notable mainly because of Rock's outspoken dislike for the iTunes Store, in spite of its prominence as the most financially successful music download site. His most recent album, Rock N Roll Jesus, has nevertheless sold over 1.7 million copies, which the Wall Street Journal observes is an impressive figure in a world of deteriorating CD sales. Many parties are said to be irritated with the restrictions of iTunes, which can include DRM, an insistence of selling tracks separately, and pressure to offer exclusivity in exchange for advertising on the iTunes homepage.



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  1. ERG

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    bullshits!

    On the store they're still selling his last two albums (especially the "all summer long" cool but stolen from Warren Zevon and for the now dying Lynyrds..)
    That makes a picture of that man ideas/convictions..

  1. bigpoppa206

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    Yo Kid!

    You need to take your argument up with your label, not iTunes! But if you are going to pull this boneheaded stunt, I will happily download everything you put out in lossless format for free, so you get zilch!!!

  1. stainless

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    Kid Kidding...

    Grow-up Kiddy Rock! Metalica said the same thing and opps, their on iTunes! Watch and see very little profit from REAL (Fake, is what it should be called) and then come crying back to iTunes.

    Oh, and see you at Bayfest this weekend... Mr. I lost touch with the real world.

  1. testudo

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    um

    did it not occur to anyone that Rhapsody may be paying money for exclusive content, like Apple does on itunes and I'm sure others do on other sites.

  1. ERG

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    PS

    I was meaning the italian store...
    sorry

  1. rvhernandez

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    And who cares?

    Surely, when I'm browsing at the iTunes music store, I won't be buying anything from Kid Kock. He's really not missed...

  1. JuanGuapo

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    One less album

    ...that I have to worry about accidentally clicking on. ::whew::

  1. Guest

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    Who cares

    Why is this news? Do we really care? Does his music heal the sick or something? Fair dinkum....big deal....

  1. horvatic

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    Kid Rock is a Jerk!

    Kid Rock is a Jerk!

  1. Guest

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    So NO 'Best of'?

    So, if he only wants to sell whole albums 'to keep the integrated experience', he will not create a 'Best of' album, allow his songs to be included in a 'Top 100' type of collection or even a CD single or EP.
    Otherwise he's just a hypocrite.

    He probably is...

    Pieter.

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