CTW has gone all 2001: A Space Odyssey because something momentous has happened: broadband!
Only those of you poor unfortunates out there with dial-up will understand the sheer agony of trying to enjoy music on the net without a fast connection. It's like window shopping: no matter how hard you press your nose up against the window, all those jewel-like albums will forever remain on the other side of the glass. But now:
- no more avoiding sites that take ages to load
- no more not listening to streaming audio
- no more waiting 45 minutes for one mp3 to download, only to find that the track is awful
- no more gnashing of teeth when someone helpfully offers a zipped album but no individual tracks
I shouldn't complain; I know I'm very lucky. Lots of people have far more serious things to worry about. But as this is a music blog, it's such a joy to be able to browse free albums and songs on the net and say, "I'll have that one, please. Oh, and that one. And would you mind if - ah, so kind, thank you."
All of which means I'll be listening to a lot more music, which should prompt more frequent posting at CTW. But...
*raises clenched fist*
...in the interests of world peace, CTW will continue, where possible, to post links to individual mp3's as well as zipped albums. The internet likes to pretend that everything is new and shiny and whizz-bang but we know better. In the real world, millions of people can't afford a fast computer and/or a fast connection (not to mention food, water, housing, health-care, etc. God, what a mess.), so the only way they can download music is to do it track by track. Netlabels, are you listening? You'll get more traffic if you ensure the availability of individual songs, and you'll increase your traffic still further if you offer visitors a choice of bit rates of 128, 192 and 300+ so the dial-up visitor can decide whether to sacrifice time for sound quality and vice versa.
Rant over. An alternative and less boring version of this post: "I'm giddy with excitement at getting broadband, free internet music is wonderful, and anyone can join in."
See you soon.