Monday, August 24, 2009


I'm the old-fashioned sucker who, if she likes a particular album or movie, goes and buys the actual physical CD or DVD.

The iTunes store, however, is perfect for that one particular earworm from a commercial or movie trailer that I just can't expunge without getting it onto my iPod and playing it until I can't stand it anymore.

In this particular case, it was the Smashing Pumpkins tune "The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning" from the trailer for the movie Watchmen (and apparently from the Batman & Robin soundtrack, too. Who knew?)


NMM1AFan said...

I thought it was a Massive Attack song in the trailer?

staghounds said...


Jeff the Baptist said...

Me too. iTunes is useful for singles, but for full albums I still buy CDs. With the iTunes track costs, I even come out ahead on a lot of them.

Anonymous said...

I'm not much of an album buyer, or music buyer but I do like the concept of being able to pick and choose rather than being forced to buy 10 songs of questionable quality to get 2 good ones.

Anonymous said...

Optical disks are in fact technically obsolete. That doesn't mean you have to stop using them. We still use muzzleloaders, and I use a Victrola from the 1920s too, though its menue options are limited to "on, off, reproducer head up or down, and crank".

People still snail-mail us for catalogs. Then they snail-mail their orders with something from the 20th century called a "check" as payment. -- Lyle

perlhaqr said...

Whew. mplayer didn't like that link at all.

I will seek YouTube.

Butch_S said...

Did iTunes for awhile, got fed up with all the extra crap it installs that I don't need or want on my computer. (i.e. Quicktime and the iPod stuff)

First place I hit for quick earwig expungment is Youtube, odds are there are at least three versions of whatever it is available there. If it's something I like (but don't want the whole album) I'll grab the mp3 from Amazon.

Mulliga said...

I like the Wall-E/Watchmen mashup trailer:

Nothing like Corgan's trademark wailing. Considering the setting of the movie and comic, an '80s track would have been more appropriate, something by "Tears for Fears" perhaps.

leBolide said...

Smashing Pumpkins would be a lot better without their lead singer.

But then, I'm more of a Love and Rockets / The Cult / Siouxsie kinda guy.

Jayson said...

"Smashing Pumpkins would be a lot better without their lead singer"

except that he writes the band's songs... *rolls eyes*

Sam said...

"'Smashing Pumpkins would be a lot better without their lead singer'

except that he writes the band's songs... *rolls eyes*"

Well, daaay-um. I'll do you the favor of reinterpreting that sentence as it was probably intended:

"Smashing Pumpkins would be a lot better if their lead singer found someone else to sing."

I don't know about you, but I would assume that someone who doesn't like the vocals probably isn't familiar with the band's interworkings. But that's just me - I also don't read the biographies of people I don't care about.

Anonymous said...

I'm the same way. For the occasional singal or ringtone rap song I want to stick on the iPod for working out, I use iTunes, but for pretty much everything else, I like to buy the physical album. Same with books. Give me a hard copy, go have fun with your Kindle or whatever.

Of course, I have a real reason. My old computer crashed. I found a way to get all my old iTuned music crossed over to the new computer just fine...except for some of my old music. See, some of my old music, well, about $800 worth of songs and a few videos (and by a few I mean every season of Scrubs) was all purchased on my old bank account...the one I used in college.

Well, iTunes wont authorize it unless I give them the account number and the address associated with the account number. So I have $800 worth of music just sitting on my computer that I can't play. FML.

So yeah, I'll keep buying CDs so that when the next computer crashes, its a matter of hours, not (as of this point) months to get it all back.

I still use the iPod for listening to music though.

Don said...

I remember wondering whether they used that song as an homage/in-joke about Batman . . . especially after I saw the Night Owl costume and the director commented that the only reason there were nipples on the Night Owl costume was to mock the George Clooney Batman BDSM outfit.

My wife thought I was overthinking it.