OK. So who came up with the idea to pre-release albums?
I mean, I can understand everybody who does not want to wait long for a new album. Of course, everybody wants to hear the new stuff as soon as possible.
But for me, the coolest thing about listening to a new album I've anxiously been waiting for is to hold it in my hands, open it, leaf through the booklet, and then put the CD in the stereo (no, NOT the computer, that comes later) and sit down, listen through the songs and read the lyrics at the same time. Very quiet, very "nostalgic".
Now, compare that to listening to a album preview on MySpace...
You start a song, you don't have the lyrics, you don't have ANYTHING to look at, so probably you'll start surfing around soon 'cause it's too boring to just listen. If you are unlucky, the song breaks and stops a few times. And it's really bad quality anyway.
For me, this really ruins the experience. A CD is more than just sound files. And I just don't want the sound files before I have the CD, I want the whole experience.
A lot of people see that differently, but I can't understand that. That's why I ignored the new Die Ärzte album that was out on the internet weeks before it was out on CD. And I will ignore that Kaizers Orchestra have put up Maskineri on their MySpace already. And with it, I'm gonna ignore all the comments and discussions around it - which might actually be a really good thing.
I'm gonna wait for my CD.