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Amazon Gags On Gaga

Roblimo posted more than 3 years ago | from the ga-ga-ga-ga-ga-ga dept.

Music 180

theodp writes "Having hawked Google Chrome over the weekend with an ad that aired on SNL, Lady Gaga turned her attention Monday to hyping Amazon's Cloud Player service. Fans were delighted to learn that they could download Gaga's entire 'Born This Way' album for a mere $0.99, until technical difficulties set in. 'Amazon is experiencing high volume and downloads are delayed,' Amazon said in a statement. 'If customers order today, they will get the full Lady Gaga, Born This Way album for $0.99. Thanks for your patience.' Some frustrated users meted out one-star ratings for the album as their way of protesting Amazon's slow service, lowering the album's rating to three stars. So, was that karma for upstaging Donald Knuth at the Googleplex?"

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Amazon Gags on Gaga (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229260)

Amazon has better taste than I thought.

Re:Amazon Gags on Gaga (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229304)

That's a mighty long penis she's got there.

Re:Amazon Gags on Gaga (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229720)

I don't think her music can stand on its own, but I enjoyed her performances on SNL as visual spectacle. I am not sure how her performances are supposed to be taken, or if she even has anything particular in mind; maybe it's unintentionally funny, or maybe that is the intention.

Re:Amazon Gags on Gaga (3, Interesting)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230058)

The girl can sing, and write lyrics and music. Can't dance though. Some of her songs are very good in their unplugged versions, and she does not shy away from catering to mainstream tastes with overproduced studio versions, videos, and her looks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiqHICcqi9s [youtube.com] for an unplugged pokerface
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zet3eLu-ms#t=2m43s [youtube.com] just for fun, another good unplugged something else, by someone else.

Re:Amazon Gags on Gaga (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36230216)

Yeah, it is really nice that Madonna form the 1980s has been reincarnated into a less talented and less controversial imitation of herself. Because the real Madonna started to really suck when she started to try to make DJ "dance music" in the 90s. Which is still ever so slightly better than the "music" that Gaga puts out. Well, maybe if I was a 12 year old girl who had never heard good music before, I would like her. But thank dog I am not, so I am not so easily fooled.

Re:Amazon Gags on Gaga (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230114)

Think Busby Berkeley meets Grace Jones.

GaGa Crashes Amazon? Call Me Skeptical (0)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230000)

So the greatest living practitioner of the art of Hype and Personal Perpetual Re-invention releases an album that has been universally panned in pre-sale auditions on the world's most robust e-tailer huckster (one in the midst of it's own marketing push to sell cloud storage) and the headlines are all a-chuckle over how Herself's new album is so-o-o-o-o popular (along with the free-for-a-limited-time-only neato-cloud-storage-thingy!) it crashed even Amazon's servers.

Sh'yeah...

Re:GaGa Crashes Amazon? Call Me Skeptical (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230136)

Uh-huh. Amazon really wants to promote its global expandable multiplexable file server service as fragile enough to fall over due to simple downloads.

The best Gaga paradoy for scientists (0)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230108)

If you are a scientist, this is just priceless:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl4L4M8m4d0 [youtube.com]

tip: notice what the costumes are made out of.

Humm.. paints bad. (2)

Tei (520358) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229266)

As a user of Reddit, this is not news to me. Reddit is down more than any other normal website, and seems something to do with some *magical words here* from Amazon.

I have read somewhere that the cloud is a good solution for scalability. Maybe the Amazon Cloud sould search for a Cloud hosting solution :D

It seems Amazon has the skill to cut wikileaks money, but lack the skill to create a proper cloud.

There is no such thing as karma. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229296)

Personal anecdote: I had no problems at all downloading the album.

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (4, Funny)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229348)

I'd say the fact that you successfully downloaded the album in question is a sign of bad karma.

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (3, Insightful)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229546)

>>>I'd say the fact that you successfully downloaded the album is a sign of bad karma.

The music you listen to isn't any better. (Probably.) I like Gaga's songs, and radio music in general, which has led a lot of friends to criticize me for it. So I naturally ask, "What do you listen to?" and then they play stuff that sounds, amazingly, like the stuff on the radio. (Except with an 'alternative' label.)

Point: People are so damn quick to criticize other people's tastes. And I'm sick of it. If that guy wanted to download Gaga's album for 99 cents, big fucking deal. It's HIS life, not yours, so stop insulting the man.

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (1)

stealth_finger (1809752) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229872)

Amen to that, people need to stop worrying about what other people like and concentrate on what they like. (and that's not gaga defence, personally I wish she'd fuck off but other people seem to like it so fair play)

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (2)

EastCoastSurfer (310758) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230026)

I'm with you! I listen to nearly everything (not much country though) depending on my mood.

Lady Gaga is actually a very good singer. You can find her old stuff on youtube that she did pre being famous. Her current act is all about entertainment with music and visuals and I think she delivers.

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (2)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230174)

Agreed. I like Lady Gaga. I find it interesting that there seems to be so much vitriol on a site popular with geeks towards a woman who was heavily inspired by things like Metropolis. Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one, they all stink.

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (1)

DJRumpy (1345787) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230244)

Not only that, but they neglect to realize that there would be no 'alternative' without a mainstream...

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (2)

Zerth (26112) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229588)

Some of us only bought it for the free 20 gigs of cloud storage.

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (1)

chill (34294) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230250)

Ditto. For $0.99, I just had it store the album in my cloud drive. I may use the storage at some time.

Though in all honesty, I prize bandwidth more than storage space. I can't envision seriously using teh clouds without a hell of a lot more bandwidth. Thinking about how all this won't scale at the office if EVERYONE tried to do it at once...

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (1, Funny)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229616)

>>>>>I had no problems at all downloading the album.
>>
>>I'd say the fact that you successfully downloaded the album in question is a sign of bad karma.

-1 Adult Acting Like a Teenager Who Never Learned Any Manners "Any comments that hurt or insult others are Not Acceptable."

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (2)

billcopc (196330) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229794)

You must be new here.

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229810)

>>>>>I had no problems at all downloading the album.
>>
>>I'd say the fact that you successfully downloaded the album in question is a sign of bad karma.

-1 Adult Acting Like a Teenager Who Never Learned Any Manners "Any comments that hurt or insult others are Not Acceptable."

You went from being a child to "think of the children" without passing through maturity

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (1, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229928)

Any comments that hurt or insult others are Not Acceptable."

Someone is new here.

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (1)

teslafreak (684543) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230070)

-1 Adult Acting Like a Teenager Who Never Learned Any Manners "Any comments that hurt or insult others are Not Acceptable."

So then I assume you believe no one would take offence to your comment either? It's a public forum, not that I condone it, but people are jerks.

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36230308)

Any comments that hurt or insult others are Not Acceptable.

You heard it here folks. Troll64, a former outspoken supporter [slashdot.org] of free speech, no longer supports free speech!

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (3, Funny)

coinreturn (617535) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229384)

There's a "Post Anonymously" checkbox, you know?

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229500)

I don't think the other responders gets it. I read this as he had not problems downloading the album *which wouldn't download*. So he doesn't have a problem with NOT downloading the album.

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230138)

Are you sure he wasn't implying that he pirated the album off of bit torrent?

Re:There is no such thing as karma. (1)

b0bby (201198) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230054)

I downloaded about half the songs before it died on me; now it says it has been too long & I can't finish the download. I figured my kids would want it & for $0.99 it *should* have been easier than TPB. But no, now I have a ticket open with Amazon. I've had good luck buying their mp3s before, so I guess I'll let this one slide.

Thanks for inappropriate ratings (5, Insightful)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229300)

Thanks for making the ratings less useful.

You may think you're all-important and that your one time shipping experience should mean as much as someone who is reviewing the actual usefulness and quality of the product but all you're doing is adding more useless noise to the reviews.

So hats off to you Mr. Garbage-In.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229404)

Agreed. That annoys me too when people down rate a product because of some problem unrelated to the quality (or lack thereof) of the product itself.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230170)

Which is why you always read a majority of the ratings.

I've bought stuff with a 2.5 rating because all of the 1 stars were "Amazon was slow" "Reseller double charged me". One person wrote a scathing review of a Canon camera because it didn't come with batteries (AA) or an SD card. All the 5 star reviews were reviews of the product.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (2, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229452)

But... they're not getting me my (nearly) free stuff fast enough! I'm deserve to get this album now because they told me that I could have it and I want it now and if I can't have it now I'm going to do whatever I can to hurt them.
[/sarcasm]

Honestly, people complain about food stamps and medical care being the problem with the entitlement generation, but I really don't have a problem with feeling entitled to basic human needs. The idea that you are entitled to the latest Lady Gaga album, and being so angry about a day or two delay in getting it that you sabotage the rating system, is quite frankly terrifying to me.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229556)

Tyranny of the masses coupled with selfishness.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

deathlyslow (514135) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229962)

Am i the only one to read that as tranny of the masses coupled with selfishness.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (0, Flamebait)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230066)

[Delay of Lady Gaga downloading leading to sabotage of an online rating system] is quite frankly terrifying to me.

Dude, if bad ratings having nothing to do with you on an online site terrify you, you need psychological help. Either that or you need serious help with vocabulary (because you don't understand the meaning of the word "terrify") or your overuse of hyperbole.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229528)

Only if the album really deserves a rating better than "1".

Personally, I wouldn't make that assumption.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

DrgnDancer (137700) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229542)

Indeed. I'm not a huge fan of the Gaga, but down rating her album because Amazon is having problems is like saying the album sucks becasue the store you bought it in has roaches. It's unfair to her, and unfair to others who are trying to judge the quality of the product.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229882)

No one is going to base their purchasing decision on Gaga album reviews. No one will be buying the album and not know who the artist is. This is no worse than all the overzealous fans rating their favorites with top scores. If you were talking about a real product, that would be different. Buying badly made hardware can be a problem, buying a pop album however, meh.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229624)

Amazon need to add a rating system for service/delivery etc for the morons who don't understand the purpose of the rating system that exists but who also need an outlet to complain about their experience.

It might seem like people are abusing the system (and that's true) but it's more true that the system is failing to adequately deal with a phenomenon that exists and isn't going away any time this millenia.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229756)

Amazon need to add a rating system for service/delivery etc for the morons who don't understand the purpose of the rating system that exists but who also need an outlet to complain about their experience.

There's already such a system but you can only rate service and delivery of items ordered from third-party sellers, not Amazon itself.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230434)

Not to mention that a lot of people would still rate all other options negatively anyway, out of spite. Given the people in the story, I'd say they're very, very spiteful.

When's the last time you saw an e-bay review saying "Instead of office chair package contained bobcat. Would not buy again." (xkcd) and then proceed to give 5 stars for shipping?

As it is, the vast majority of reviews are either all 5 stars or all 1 star (or 0 stars, whatever the minimum is), instead of actual individual ratings.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

kehren77 (814078) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229764)

Amazon need to add a rating system for service/delivery etc for the morons who don't understand the purpose of the rating system that exists but who also need an outlet to complain about their experience.

Agreed. I find this is quite common on Amazon. Not sure why people think that shipping issues should be included in a product review. Perhaps they think that Amazon product reviews are the same thing as ebay feedback.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229638)

I see this all the time on apps. People downrate the app because they failed to download it while driving in a tunnel under Antartica in a lead-lined car during a solar flare.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

jcwayne (995747) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229936)

Well, it was the one time I really needed to get that dialer app, but thanks to poor service I had to dig the damned DHD out by hand.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229708)

So hats off to you Mr. Garbage-In.

Indeed - I go as far as completely randomizing (by dice roll) my feedback ratings on sites like Amazon (eBay is different because its typically not a production-line style product but an individual-individual transaction) - anything to throw off anyone running marketing analytics (seriously, everyone should do this in the age of Facebook - "Like" the Devil, add celebrities you dislike to your friends list and un-friend all your family members too).

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229712)

Well, how else are we pissed-off customers supposed to rate Amazon for poor service (or worse: damaged goods that were supposed to be "new" in quality)?

I don't see a rating bullet for amazon.com anywhere? And there should be. So until there is, I'd downrate their product and let other customers know if it's poorly packaged, or not-as-advertised (like when I purchased a 10-game anthology that was only 5 games).

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

travdaddy (527149) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229718)

Thanks for making the ratings less useful.

Just like the Slashdot polls, the ratings are wildly inaccurate. "If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane."

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

Shippy (123643) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229830)

I know, right? I'm not a huge Gaga fan, but hey, $0.99 is a steal. When I went to purchase the album, there was a clear indication on the page that downloads were delayed. I just left my Amazon Downloader going and it was still done in only a couple hours. Some people are just whiners.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (2)

bkpark (1253468) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229844)

Thanks for making the ratings less useful.

It depends on what you are trying to get out of the ratings. If the rating is meant to reflect the entire purchasing experience, it's entirely appropriate that the overall rating should include how pleasant it was to buy from a particular vendor.

Yes, if you want to use the rating to gauge to product and buy it elsewhere, rather than the site where you found the ratings, including the vendor performance would make the rating less reliable for you, but it's you who are using the rating in an unapproved manner, not the customers who are rating inappropriately.

This isn't to say that ratings break-down by category won't help, though.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (2)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229896)

So hats off to you Mr. Garbage-In.

Scary thought: These are some of the people that vote in elections.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230028)

These people do not know how to separate the Gaga album from the Amazon service. I see it all the time on the http://what-is-what.com/ [what-is-what.com] website: people rate the product or service under discussion instead of rating the article, even though the rating form is very clear.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36230336)

Have you read the one-star reviews? Contrary to the garbage-in description provided by /., the negative reviews are virtually all related to the quality of music on the album.

Re:Thanks for inappropriate ratings (1)

locallyunscene (1000523) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230374)

A person's ability to use a given product is definitely a consideration in the quality of that product. Some users' experience in trying to use the product was poor, therefore they gave it a poor rating.

If the "product" is an mp3 copy of a Lady Gaga album then the ratings are valid because they couldn't receive the item as the terms of the sale agreed.

Even if the "product" is a license to listen to digital reproductions of a Lady Gaga album then the ratings are still valid because their inability to actually use their purchased license is still a consideration in the quality of the product.

GugaGaga (5, Informative)

wasimkadak (1960958) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229302)

Didn't care much about the album. The 20GB cloud storage offered with it seemed worth it.

+1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229350)

^this

Re:GugaGaga (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229400)

When they just opened, they gave out 20Gb to anyone who'd make any album purchase, and there were in fact a bunch of $0.99 albums there on day 1.

Re:GugaGaga (1)

wasimkadak (1960958) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229494)

Well, I guess sometimes too little is not too late! Honestly speaking I did not even realize that there was a delay in the album download.

Re:GugaGaga (1)

jeremymiles (725644) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229586)

Indeed, and if you bought a CD recently, you get a dollar off the download, so I got the download, and 20GB of storage for a year, for nothing. Order #: D01-7112762-2631304 Subtotal of items: $0.99 Discounts/Promotions: - $0.99 ------ Total before tax: $0.00 Tax Collected: $0.00 ------ Total for this Order: $0.00

Re:GugaGaga (1)

wasimkadak (1960958) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229666)

Nice! I think the least you can do is given the album a favorable review

Here's a Novel Idea ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229926)

Nice! I think the least you can do is given the album a favorable review

Or he could give the album a review based on the quality of the music and songwriting ... not the fact that he got it for free with an induction into Amazon's dependency establishing services. Is he rating the quality of the album or the quality of Amazon's specials?

Re:Here's a Novel Idea ... (1)

wasimkadak (1960958) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229954)

There is nothing novel about your idea...I have seen it implemented before.

Re:GugaGaga (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229742)

There were/are many other cheap albums (though not AS cheap, but still). Personally, I liked getting my 20GB with the purchase of The Who's Greatest Hits on sale for, iirc, $2.99.

Re:GugaGaga (1)

EastCoastSurfer (310758) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230126)

Yeah, each month Amazon rotates a bunch of albums into the $5 or less category. I usually scan through and find a couple things I want, and been having luck trying a bunch of new to me classical music.

Moronic behaviour (1)

Andy Smith (55346) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229378)

"Some frustrated users meted out one-star ratings for the album as their way of protesting Amazon's slow service"

Fortunately those people are morons so we can disregard their silly protest. Amazon should cancel those one-star ratings, but then they'd be accused of censorship, influencing the rating, etc. The whole thing sounds a bit silly to me.

Re:Moronic behaviour (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229406)

Yeah, I'm always confused when the product is fine, but people rate it low because of delivery problems. What does the delivery have to do with the quality of the product? Should be separate ratings, especially for some place like Amazon, where you know what the delivery process is like.

Re:Moronic behaviour (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229476)

You indicate that it is best to take experience into consideration when evaluating the shipping.

This is also true of internet reviews, they cannot be taken at face value, people may be lying or otherwise trying to mislead, or they may have expectations for a product that are stupid or otherwise absurd.

Re:Moronic behaviour (0)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229768)

>>>What does the delivery have to do with the quality of the product?

Well one example is when I ordered a 10-game anthology, but amazon only delivered 5 games. It was not the fault of the product, nevertheless the product page was inaccurate (typo). So I left a negative reviewing stating "This package only comes with *5* games not 10," to warn other customers.

That's ultimately what the rating is for - to warn other customers before purchase of potential problems.

Re:Moronic behaviour (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230134)

That is not a delivery issue. That is a mislabeled product. A low review for that is expected. A delivery issue would be you complaining it took 3 days instead of two for you to get it, or that the fedex man destroyed the package.

Anonymous should have used an album... (2)

turbclnt (1776692) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229398)

...apparently, this would be the best way to DDoS Amazon :).

Re:Anonymous should have used an album... (1)

rednip (186217) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229804)

Anonymous should have used an album...apparently, this would be the best way to DDoS Amazon :).

Yea, throw money at them until they buckle from the traffic!

They gagged on Gaga? (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229402)

I thought it was put to rest that Lady Gaga does not have a penis. Is this new evidence?

Re:They gagged on Gaga? (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229434)

I'd say anyone who'd claim differently would be subject to a gagging order

Re:They gagged on Gaga? (1)

PeterM from Berkeley (15510) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229658)

She may not have one, but she can get as many as she wants.

A Day Late and $6 short (4, Informative)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229416)

So, I saw this and went to Amazon, only to find out that the "today" mentioned in the summary/article was yesterday, May 23rd. /. editors REALLY need to:
1. Post stories sooner.
2. Fact check.

Karma? No... (1)

recharged95 (782975) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229474)

Look at the big picture:
Gaga's going to make boat loads of cash from her 0.99 album, Amazon's going to give her a nice gift (more cash) for promoting their cloud service, Gaga got media headlines on this, more people are aware of Gaga (more popular) and will likely sell more stuff in the long run.

and.... Don Knuth is still... Don Knuth... Now who was he again?

Karma is only karma if everyone appreciates it. Otherwise it's religion and no one cares.

Re:Karma? No... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229578)

Don Knuth... Now who was he again?

He's my homeboy.

$.99?!? (0)

Lucas123 (935744) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229480)

That's highway robbery for that album. It's pretty much been panned by most critics -- not surprisingly. So what now? She's running out of costumes and gimmicks. http://www.boston.com/ae/music/cd_reviews/articles/2011/05/23/lady_gagas_born_this_way_is_a_long_awaited_letdown/ [boston.com]

Re:$.99?!? (1, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229504)

David Bowie and Freddie Mercury did all before, and considerably better. She's like a glam star constructed from spare parts.

Re:$.99?!? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229576)

A couple of the songs are pretty good, and some of them show some indication of good rock. Sadly, they turn into bubble gum music.

I'd love to hear her do some rock.

Re:$.99?!? (2)

RogerWilco (99615) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229696)

Shrug. Most of the current fans weren't around when David and Freddie did their thing. (or Boy George, Madonna, Prince, etc.)

It's new to them, and GaGa is basically the only one doing it now.

My mom always tells me that fashions have a 30 year cycle. If that's the case, Lady GaGa might be the first of many.

Re:$.99?!? (1, Informative)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230048)

Freddie Mercury did all before

To her credit, I believe she acknowledges this. In fact, that's why she calls her self "Lady GaGa." It's a hat-tip to the old Queen bic-lighter anthem, "Radio Ga Ga"

Re:$.99?!? (1)

DrgnDancer (137700) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229604)

That's fine. Give it a crappy rating becasue it's a crappy album. Giving the album a crappy rating becasue Amazon screwed up the delivery system just makes legitimate bad reviews that much more lost.

Re:$.99?!? (1)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229856)

When i checked yesterday "most" critics gave mixed reviews, not that i care a great deal what critics say. I liked her first two albums, so i figured it would be hard to go too wrong for 99 cents. In the worst case scenario i would have wasted.... 99 cents.

After buying it my conclusion was that it's certainly not as good as those first two albums i really liked. Was it a waste of money? Well there are a couple good tracks, so for the price of 99 cents i certainly feel i got my money's worth. Is it worth buying for $10 or whatever the "regular" price is? I probably wouldn't get it at that rate, not unless some of the other songs start growing on me after listening to them some more.

site issue. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229554)

People will use the fastest tool capable in order to leave instant feedback, especially when they're pissed.

That's why people should use an anonymous comment system with public + and - indicators which instantly affects your views. Cream rises to the top per popular opinion, it pushes better responses up to the top, prevents people from posting things already stated. All you have to do is +1.

This is also another indicator of Amazon's complete lack of scale-ability and reliability.

Stay away from Amazon AWS.

Re:site issue. (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229642)

Amazon has a 'was this review helpful?' that most definitely floats useful and non-useful positive and negative reviews.

Re:site issue. (0)

aevan (903814) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229946)

Shit floats.

All public rating does is promote popular (to that demographic) opinion of the moment. Well reasoned, researched and diplomatically written comments can be downgraded into oblivion if it doesn't meet that day's groupthink overmind of raters. By the emergence of calmer heads the next day, the comment has been downrated into oblivion. An identical comment posted hours later could in turn been uprated to the maximum.

As to preventing duplicates... Compare with say, some service (e.g. MMO) forums where you can see on the front page 15 separate threads on the exact same issue - angry people want to rant, not read other rants (until after their rant is posted). You need moderators to prune duplicates to prevent duplicates, which then opens you up to their either pruning dissenting views, or letting the comment hang in unapproved limbo (and unviewed).

Back in Amazon offices... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229628)

Tech folks conversation with the upper management...

Tech guy : Our servers are heavily stressed, we had to take some measures...

Management: Those anonymous and pirates groups are at it again...i wonder how much money we lost...fuck...

Tech guy: It's not a "pirate" attack of DoS or stuff like that sir/mam. It was... i can hardly believe this myself, but,.. it was Lady Gaga new album that was selling for $0.99, it put too much strain on the servers/clusters/cloud/nebula(for the future buzzword, no need to thank me).

Management: W^W^what did you say?!

To said fans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229738)

Let me help you out a bit:

http://thepiratebay.org/search/lady%20gaga/0/7/0 [thepiratebay.org]

You're welcome.

1-stars (1)

LoganDzwon (1170459) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229778)

While I feel usually this is fine as customer are rating the entire purchase, not just the product, in this case, I think, Amazon should remove the post that rate the album based on the delivery service. Maybe send the users whom posted an e-mail explaining why, and asking them to try again, then re post their review.

This is nothing new (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229784)

This is nothing new if your a gamer buying a new release of a top 10 game. There excuse though is ,we didnt expect the game to do this well. I say BS sence thats the excuse they use every release.A cloud is nothing more then a server and if you dont have enough servers there will be uploading problems.

na na na boo boo, I'm better than you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229796)

na na na boo boo, I'm better than you, stick your head in doo doo

I had no problem downloading the album through the cloud service. The problem for me would be listening to it but since I bought it for my wife hopefully I won't have to.

The real story behind * (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229848)

The vast majority of one-star ratings are for the quality of music on this album, which is poor. Saying the one-star ratings are due to download problems is an LG publicity spin that's just blindly repeated. You don't have to take my word for it. Read the one-star reviews yourself.

Geeks care....why? (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229916)

Other than this being a story digging on Amazons cloud performance, why exactly should I give two shits about Lady Gaga and her ability to whore out her music? IMHO, 99 cents is overpriced.

And yes, people abuse the star rating system for stupid crap such as slow shipping...been going on for years.

Finally, the truth comes out: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36229960)

I KNEW she had a penis!

To quote Austin Powers... (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229990)

"That ain't no woman, that's a man, man!"

Gaga is a sellout. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36230086)

Lady Gaga is a sellout. You should look her up under her real name Stefani Germanotta on YouTube. She had dark hair and sang Jazz music while playing the piano. Guess she couldn't find success that way so she decided to bleach her hair and wear crazy outfits while attaching herself to the gay community to come off as all liberal and cool.

Re:Gaga is a sellout. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36230184)

Or maybe the gay community liked her act and it was a little off-kilter so she ran with that and it ballooned into a massive career worth a billion dollars at retail and makes you sick to your stomach because you have to reboot computers in an insurance company for $17.50/hr for the rest of your life.

In soviet russia... (3, Funny)

numbski (515011) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230400)

...Lady Gaga gags on you? Soviet Russia might be better than I'd first thought!

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