I’m here to tell you today that I for one am no longer going to fall into this trap. If the licensing labels offer their content to Yahoo! put more barriers in front of the users, I’m not interested. Do what you feel you need to do for your business, I’ll be polite, say thank you, and decline to sign. I won’t let Yahoo! invest any more money in consumer inconvenience. I will tell Yahoo! to give the money they were going to give me to build awesome media applications to Yahoo! Mail or Answers or some other deserving endeavor. I personally don’t have any more time to give and can’t bear to see any more money spent on pathetic attempts for control instead of building consumer value. Life’s too short. I want to delight consumers, not bum them out.
I’m not belittling any of those artists that already saw the light and are doing this, but the money hungry RIAA do not listen until you yank their food away while they are gorging themselves. If anything, major groups going it alone and pandering to their true masters; the fans that buy the records, merchandise, go to their concerts and blog about how much they want to have the band’s love child(ren); will only help the cause and embolden more to join the fold of artistic freedom.
Is that hope I sense? Or are we going to get punched in the gut again?