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More lawsuits for Mr Cage

6 February 2004

You'll have heard about Apple's iTunes Store and how they let you just download individual tracks, right? Death to the album and being forced to buy three quarters-an-hour of filler? Right?

Almost. One thing you need to watch out for if you're trying single tracks is that Apple doesn't think of them that way.

A good example is the second track on Sonic Youth's spin-off CD The Whitey Album. It's a minute and a bit of silence, to create a nice pause. But, of course, it still costs 99c, and has loads of copyright-protection data added to it to stop you copying it.

In fact, as noticed by the good people at As The Apple Turns, there are plenty of silent tracks for sale in this way. Some of them, like tracks from Slum Village's Past Present & Future CD are not only silent, but come with a WARNING: EXPLICIT LYRICS alert.

It's probably wise to try the sample thirty seconds before you buy any of these, in case you prefer the clean version.

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