For those among us who hang on every word uttered by music biz uber insider Bob Lefsetz, it’s shocking to hear him praise the virtues of Rhapsody. I thought it was his opinion that only idiots and clueless record company execs believed in rental, but here’s the man himself as he sees the light:
I’ve spent eons downloading, STEALING, so much of this stuff. But now all you have to do is lay down ten bucks a month, and you can hear it EVERYWHERE!
Granted, he’s waxing Rhapsodic about the new (and outrageously priced, but Bob gets it free) Sonos player, an Internet radio that doesn’t require a computer, only a broadband connection. From the sound of Bob’s post, it’s also the greatest remote control ever devised.
But I gotta say, Mr. Lefsetz sounds like Sam I Am finally digging the green eggs and ham. I’m glad he’s beginning to understand that the ability to call any song, from anywhere, at the touch of a button is worth ten bucks a month. The instant gratifaction factor alone sold me a long time ago.
I get it on my PC, like most proles unwilling or unable to lay out nearly a grand for the latest gee-whiz gadgetry. It bypasses Windows, though, and that’s a good thing.
But causiing a cranky rental holdout like Lefsetz to grudgingly depart the P2P pulpit – that’s priceless.
Welcome to the club, Bob.