iTunes Music Store Canada

We’re coming up on the second month anniversary of the Canadian iTMS opening and I am still rather disappointed with the selection. There is a ton of music missing that exists on the US or UK stores.

In just a random search: No New Pornographers, the Bleed American album by Jimmy Eat World is missing (although thier others are there), no Gary Numan, and no JoyDrop. I was hoping that iTMS would enable the long tail. Dissapointing.

I’m assuming that there are a bunch of labels that haven’t cleared their music for iTMSCA yet. I was hoping things would get better in January. Sigh, I guess patience is not my strong suite…

The great playlist meme of ’04

Here are the instructions (and I quote):

  1. Open up the music player on your computer.
  2. Set it to play your entire music collection.
  3. Hit the “shuffle” command.
  4. Tell us the title of the next ten songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That’s right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It’s time for total musical honesty. Write it up in your blog or journal and link back to at least a couple of the other sites where you saw this. (Like here and here.)
  5. If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third, or etc.) occurances. You don’t have to, but since randomness could mean you end up with a list of ten song with five artists, you can if you’d like.

Here is my list:

  1. Miss Blue – Filter : Title Of Record
  2. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-7) – Pink Floyd : Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd – Disk 2
  3. Spahn Dirge (Live) – Skinny Puppy : Rabies
  4. Blemish – David Sylvian : Blemish
  5. Bridge (For David Sylvian) – Alex Cline : The Constant Flame
  6. Mmm Skyscraper I Love You – Underworld : Dubnobasswithmyheadman
  7. Blood, Milk And Color – White Zombie : Astro-Creep: 2000
  8. This Corrosion – The Sisters Of Mercy : Floodland
  9. Dr. Mabuse – Propaganda : A Secret Wish
  10. I, Assassin – Gary Numan : I, Assassin

Canadian iTunes Music Store

Coming in November!

SAN JOSE, California—October 26, 2004—Apple® today launched a European Union version of its revolutionary iTunes® Music Store, giving music fans in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain the same innovative features and breakthrough price of €0.99 per song that have made iTunes the number one online music service in the world. With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod® and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for PC and Mac® users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. Apple today also announced it will launch the iTunes Music Store in Canada in November.

Time to pay down the credit cards…