Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan launched a scathing attack on iTunes, blaming the service for his decision not to release a full album ever again in future.
The Smashing Pumpkins won’t release another album in future, the singer said, “We’re done with that. There is no point. People don’t even listen to it all. They put it on their iPod, they drag over the two singles and skip over the rest.”
Corgan says the future of music releases won’t include the album format, but that artists will choose to release single tracks instead. “The listening patterns have changed,” he said.
“So why are we killing ourselves to do albums, to create balance and do the arty track to set up the single? It’s done.”
His statements reflect frustration among some musicians at Apple’s refusal to loosen-up its one price fits all track pricing policy, and the belief among some in the industry that enabling albums to be sold on a per-track basis means fans only purchase the album’s lead tracks.
However, the counter-argument among music lovers declares that with some albums beefed-up with weaker tracks, the album format has killed itself. Others reflect that the very best of albums from the very best of bands get downloaded in their entirety.
As Banco De Gaia’s Toby Marks once said, “All music is not created equal.”