It is licensing, artists like the Beatles are also missing. And yes, these bands are very protectionist when it comes to their stuff. We've been waiting for the Beatles to get into the digital age for years.
Like I said on the Slacker forums, I don't blame slacker, I place more blame on the Record Companies, the RIAA, and the artists themselves. And it's another way for Metallica to show contempt for their fans (of which there may not be many left).
While I sympathize with Slacker having to deal with the scumbag labels, it is entirely up to Slacker how they market and advertise their products.
The bottom line is, if someone walks into a Best Buy today and buys a G2 - they will have no clue as to the licensing side of things. They may try the web player and like the experience, and wrongly expect the portable to mirror it. They'll have no clue that months from now, artists they love could disappear from said device.
I think they should facilitate a way for us to contact the proper artists and/or rights-holders to request that they get with the times and embrace digital distribution. They just keep saying "it's not our fault, we have to comply". They are right, but it is their fault that they are somewhat obscuring it from potential and current customers.
Not on the G1 or g2. The web player is a differrent story and it is some artists and the R.I.A.A that think these devices are mp3 players that store the songs.I thought Slacker was supposed to have these revolutionary agreements with the Record Companies to have access to ALL their music? Beatles, Eagles, Led Zepplin are pretty big ommisions.
I thought Slacker was supposed to have these revolutionary agreements with the Record Companies to have access to ALL their music? Beatles, Eagles, Led Zepplin are pretty big ommisions.
List the baddies, so we can boycott em. If band "x" doesn't wan to be on slacker..I dont want to buy band "x" cd,dvd,tickets,shirts, or tunes either.
So its a label or group of labels. just switch band "x" to Brand "x".I don't doubt some of the bands (Metallica, Beatles) are being fussy about licensing, but honestly we really have no clue what is going on behind the scenes. Slacker could just be cheaping out on us. I find it kind of odd that all of the sudden on the same day we lose a pretty large amount of artists that we used to have. That seems to imply a large contract expiring rather than individual bands all deciding at once.
By the way, we can add Pink Floyd to that list - my wife noticed they were missing from her G2. Oddly, I was able to scrape a few oddball Floyd tunes out of the G1 but nothing since. Someone else noticed no John Lennon anymore either.