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Barenaked USB Drive

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the not-a-bad-deal dept.

Music 519

CryptoKnight writes "The Barenaked Ladies are releasing their next album via a reusable 128 MB USB flash drive. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer article: 'Rather than distribute via CD, DVD or download, the Barenaked Ladies are making their newest selection of songs, videos and exclusive material available on a USB flash drive. Nettwerk Music Group is releasing Barenaked on a Stick beginning today, says the Hollywood Reporter. It plays on PCs, Macs and any other audio product with a USB port -- like some car stereos -- and costs $30.'"

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That's all interesting, but... (-1, Offtopic)

tehdely (690619) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096024)

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Re:That's all interesting, but... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096042)

well that's nice, at least they're willing to try something different.

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Re:That's all interesting, but... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096210)

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If I had a million dollars... (5, Funny)

altoz (653655) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096030)

I'd buy this thing...

$30 for some songs?!?

Re:If I had a million dollars... (3, Insightful)

dimension6 (558538) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096103)

Joking aside, 29 songs is probably enough material to take up at least two CDs, hence justify the higher price (along with extra bonus material which BNL has had on some of their previous CDs).

Don't be so down on it (5, Funny)

jimmyhat3939 (931746) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096118)

If you buy one you can copy the songs off onto your computer and then copy whatever you want onto the USB drive.

Think of it. With this device you can keep 128MB of raw data under there.

Hah! I just made you say underwear [twin-music.com] !

Re:Don't be so down on it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096236)

Hilarious! Mod Parent Up!

Re:If I had a million dollars... (5, Insightful)

gwait (179005) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096201)

Lets see:
Ebay plain 128 MB USB drive sells for $15 - $20 US

Average BNL cd sells for $14 to $15 US on amazon, shipping extra..

So, it's not an absurd price.

Oh, and a few details from the amazon page:

# 128mg Flash Memory USB drive (2.0 technology, also maintains compatibility with USB 1.1)
# Contains nearly 30 tracks of music (in MP3 file format), PLUS in-studio video snippets, live concert excerpts and more
# Reusable drive can be used for any and all file types (limited to capacity of flash drive)
# MP3 files included are completely DRM-free

Also, it's 29 songs, cost you $29.00 on itunes for the works.

It's not out of line, an interesting way to attract attention!

Re:If I had a million dollars... (1)

TheComputerMutt.ca (907022) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096274)

That's from Amazon? Where? I look through the listing of all their albums and couldn't find it.

wow (4, Funny)

ReKeKt (631870) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096032)

Can I pay more for one without Barenaked Ladies songs on it?

Re:wow (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096228)

Throw in some Jpeg's of some real naked ladies and I sold.

Re:wow (0, Redundant)

xfletch (623022) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096271)

You could certainly pay less for one without the barenaked ladies on it. What are we talking here - a 128mb stick tops? $10 on froogle [google.com] . Another $10 for the CD. How did this get by the marketing bods?

But I guess we know the answer...

It is another desperate attempt by the music inductry to catch the horse that bolted by doing something 'innovative' without loosening their stranglehold on the music.

Next contestant please...

Re:wow (1, Funny)

Griim (8798) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096285)

Yes. Please make cheques/money orders out to 'Griim'

Way to stick it to the man. (3, Insightful)

coastin (780654) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096034)

Great music distribution method. Perhaps some SD and other memory card-tricks will follow.

Psst - I went to the web site and there are no naked ladies in the band

Stupid (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096038)

Worst idea ever?

Re:Stupid (4, Funny)

mfifer (660491) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096286)

NO WAY!

I hope to god that AOL adopts this distribution method!!!

;-)

Wow only $30... (0, Troll)

sterno (16320) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096044)

Ummm... okay, somebody help me out here. Why would I spend $30 to get an album on a USB stick when I can get an album on CD for $16 or on Itunes for less than that? I suppose there's some collector value there but practically speaking, that's an awful lot of money for an album.

Re:Wow only $30... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096079)

Its more like 2 CDs, and it has 29 songs on it.

How much does a song cost on Itunes again?

Re:Wow only $30... (4, Interesting)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096084)

A USB stick is more expensive to make than a CD, whcih you can just stamp. Either is more expensive than just sending bits over the wire.

For a one-album set of songs, I don't see this working except for the novelty, unless it's billed as "128 MB USB stick (with Barenaked Ladies songs)" instead of "Barenaked Ladies songs (on a USB stick)." It reminds me of school fundraisers where you're selling tickets to an event with candy. It's always easier to sell people candy with a ticket as a bonus than to sell them a ticket with candy as a bonus.

On the other hand, for 29 songs, the cost should really be compared to a 2-CD set. At that point, $30 isn't that much more than $25.

Re:Wow only $30... (3, Insightful)

edesjardins (844303) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096088)

Probably because on top of all of the content, you also get a REUSABLE USB STICK! It doesn't actually sound like a bad deal if you actually stop and think about it.

Re:Wow only $30... (1)

botsmaster25 (463073) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096109)

You can still use the USB stick to store other things.

Re:Wow only $30... (4, Insightful)

ArbitraryConstant (763964) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096115)

"Why would I spend $30 to get an album on a USB stick when I can get an album on CD for $16 or on Itunes for less than that?"

iTunes is DRMed. Also, according to TFA it has 29 songs plus extras (videos etc).

Yes. (0)

StarKruzr (74642) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096257)

BNL are one of my favorite bands, and IMO this is a terrific show of goodwill by the band to their fans, whom they know are rather geeky.

Good move, guys.

I'm gonna buy it.

Re:Wow only $30... (1)

Jerry Coffin (824726) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096162)

Ummm... okay, somebody help me out here. Why would I spend $30 to get an album on a USB stick when I can get an album on CD for $16 or on Itunes for less than that? I suppose there's some collector value there but practically speaking, that's an awful lot of money for an album.

Depending on where you buy it and how much you pay for shipping, tax if you buy locally, etc., you might easily pay that much for an empty 128 MB flash drive. IOW, if you have any real use for the drive, the music is nearly free.

Now if they just had them on a 2 GB CF drive (especially for the same price...)

--
The universe is a figment of its own imagination.

Here's why not (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096283)

I think its a brilliant step in the right direction, backwards. The move back to a point where some tangible artifact represents the product is essential for the music business to survive in its present form. My band were doing almost the same thing, except it would be worth the twenty quid;). For a couple of years now I've been playing with Knoppix remixes, particularly spinning ultra small stick distros. Point is that you can make the whole thing bootable into any system you like, put your own media player on there, include video, whatever. The answer to the myriad fragmentation of formats, all encumbered with rights restrictions and incompatibilities seems do just this, make your product _an_operating_system_, something that takes 30 seconds to boot a cramfs filesystem, setup the audio and video and start playing the show. And you can make it really interactive too. Well after this Sony scandal I realised that it's a wrong move, and decided to use the project (basically an interactive album on a usb stick presented through PureData) as a showpiece for promotion only. It's not good to encourage people to accept data in unknown formats. You see, the music business have demonstrated they cant be trusted. Putting a CD containing just data into your machine is one thing, allowing them to run code on your machine is bang out of question from here on, so imho as someone who has with enthusiasm explored this idea quite deeply I say its an attempt to roll back the clock. Keep your music as data only, so you know what it is. USB sticks _could_ be useful to deliver full bandwidth .wav files however.

The Real Reason (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096284)

I think the real reason for this is a dry run for the case where you WOULD pay $30 for some songs. There's bussniess springinging up to deliver after-concert recording from the sound board of the concert you just heard. In that case many people would pay a premium to get a pristine souvenier/live recording. This is just a test drive to find problems before implementing the on-demand recording model.

Re:Wow only $30... (2, Insightful)

p0rnking (255997) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096290)

Well, if they included the 3rd and last paragraph to the story, you would have seen this ...

"This 128 reusable drive contains 29 songs, including the band's 2004 "Barenaked for the Holidays" album, in MP3 format along with live tracks, in-concert spoken quips, album art, photos, videos and more."

I think if you are a BNL fan, this would be well worth it ... only thing I'm wondering about is the quality of the tracks, 29 songs and videos on a 128MB drive?

DRM? (0)

filterchild (834960) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096049)

What's the policy on burning a CD from the MP3s on said flash drive? Are they even MP3s or are they copy-protected?

I mean, it's a cool idea, but I'd like to know whether there's DRM included on it.

Re:DRM? (1)

atta1 (558607) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096100)

From the TFA: This 128 reusable drive contains 29 songs, including the band's 2004 "Barenaked for the Holidays" album, in MP3 format along with live tracks, in-concert spoken quips, album art, photos, videos and more. Personally, I'd like to know the bitrate before I plunk down the cash.

Re:DRM? (1)

jd nerd (869382) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096245)

yes, if the media is encumbered, i wouldn't even pay the manufacturer's cost of producing the drive.

This is copy protected! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096052)

Nobody will want a copy of the Barenaked Ladies unless we're talking porn.

Re:This is copy protected! (1)

TheComputerMutt.ca (907022) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096229)

Congrats at having a post which has a title completely unrelated to the content of the post. I'll reply to the title.

No, it's not copy protected. RTFA.

Easy there guys.. (0, Flamebait)

Rac3r5 (804639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096056)

U don't wanna see the 'Bare Naked Ladies' naked...

sounds like a pretty good deal to me though, content + resuable media.. (is it reusable??)

Re:Easy there guys.. (1)

TheComputerMutt.ca (907022) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096194)

RTFA!

Yes, it will be.

DRM? (0, Redundant)

solive1 (799249) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096057)

Do the files contain DRM?

I would think that they do, but it would be great if they didn't.

Re:DRM? (4, Informative)

aredubya74 (266988) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096155)

R. T. F. A.

This 128 reusable drive contains 29 songs, including the band's 2004 "Barenaked for the Holidays" album, in MP3 format along with live tracks, in-concert spoken quips, album art, photos, videos and more.

MP3 format == non-DRM'd format. Now, the article could be wrong, but that's what it says. I have no reason to doubt that it will be MP3 format though, as BNL has been making MP3s of their concerts [werkshop.com] available for years now. Say what you will about their music (though I happen to really like them), but they've stayed true to keeping their music unfettered with DRM crud.

Re:DRM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096247)

It's still a patented extortion [mp3licensing.com] encumbered format. Screw that.

Re:DRM? (1)

TheComputerMutt.ca (907022) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096157)

When they offered music for download from their website there was none, if I recall correctly. I doubt they've have changed their tune now.

Re:DRM? (4, Funny)

jfengel (409917) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096174)

TFA sez MP3, which AFAIK is w/o DRM.

Re:DRM? (4, Funny)

atta1 (558607) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096233)

AAAHHHHH!!! HELP! I'm being attacked by acronyms!

Re:DRM? (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096242)

LOL

That's some Stunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096061)

I'll let you know how it is in One Week.

Signed,
Gordon Maroon.

Let me get this straight... (2, Insightful)

acoustix (123925) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096063)

They're charging $30 for an album with compressed audio? No thanks.

-Nick

Re:Let me get this straight... (2, Funny)

Halfbaked Plan (769830) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096095)

Maybe it's WAV files on a 512MB flash drive.

Maybe they're selling it at a big loss.

Where do we download this, anyhow?

Re:Let me get this straight... (1)

geeber (520231) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096186)

Maybe it's WAV files on a 512MB flash drive.

From the article...

"This 128 reusable drive contains 29 songs, including the band's 2004 "Barenaked for the Holidays" album, in MP3 format along with live tracks, in-concert spoken quips, album art, photos, videos and more."

But that is the third paragraph of a very long, three paragraph article. It is understandable you wouldn't want to spend so much time reading such a lenghty text.

Re:Let me get this straight... (1)

Halfbaked Plan (769830) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096281)

I just wanted to know where to download the MP3 files.

Re:Let me get this straight... (5, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096112)

They're charging $30 for an album with compressed audio? No thanks.

No, they're charging $25 for a USB memory card and including a double album of compressed audio for $5.

Re:Let me get this straight... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096178)

128kbit MP3s can hold approx 2 1/2 hours of music. Most people aren't audiophiles, if you can tell the difference between 128 and 192, then this isn't for you. I thought people here are about options?

wow just wow (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096064)

this would be big news if anyone gave a fuck about the barenaked ladies.

About time (1)

djupedal (584558) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096068)

I was pushing my company three years ago to do this with user docs....they could toss on some promo videos, etc. This is a good idea, as long as they don't pull a Sony.

Re:About time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096175)

Some porno videos? Ohhhhh..."Promo" videos.

What about the music Quality? (3, Insightful)

GecKo213 (890491) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096069)

I dont' care what people say, compressed audio sounds different/worse than straight recordings. If they are compressing their entire CD down to 128M I wonder what the compression rate will be? I'm also curious if I can buy their USB drive and then receive via download, mail, or other the high quality, non-compressed tracks. Does anyone else agree?

Re:What about the music Quality? (1)

FosterKanig (645454) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096133)

No.

So I can't play it in a regular player? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096071)

Is this the death of CD?

Not seeing the usefulness? (1)

schmiddy (599730) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096072)

This sounds like sort of a nifty idea, since a USB drive can be handy to have.. but if it were released as a regular CD or online download, couldn't I just put it on a USB drive myself? Also, $30 is pretty steep for a CD's worth of music, even if they do throw in the USB stick. Not to mention that in a few years, the handiness of having this USB stick will be outweighed by capacity increases.. no one will be using 128 MB sticks in a couple years' time. I'm just not seeing this pan out.

Re:Not seeing the usefulness? (1)

nagora (177841) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096192)

Also, $30 is pretty steep for a CD's worth of music,

128MB is a pretty small CD. One of the odd things about the download culture is that people seem to have become used to the idea of paying more for a degraded (ie, lossily compressed) product.

TWW

Do they have DRM? (1)

boingyzain (739759) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096076)

The question is... do they have DRM?

Hmm... (0, Flamebait)

daeley (126313) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096077)

The bare naked truth: I can buy a 128MB USB 2.0 flash drive for $10-12 and put songs I actually like on there.

Shill for rich musicians much?

Re:Hmm... (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096205)

Look at it this way, you're getting a USB stick and two albums for $30. That's not so bad, and you can delete all of the songs that suck and put good ones back in place.

Re:Hmm... (4, Insightful)

CosmeticLobotamy (155360) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096260)

So don't buy it. But if you like the music, they're giving you 2 CDs worth of songs for the price of 2 CDs in a smaller, less scratch-prone format. I'm not sure why you're being a dick about that.

Any use? (0, Troll)

Elsan (914644) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096087)

Is there any use besides for looking hip? If I liked the band, I wouldn't be tempted at all to buy their new album, I prefer far more a CD since it lasts longer, USB flash drives can lose some data sometimes...

Is CD all that durable? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096144)

I prefer far more a CD since it lasts longer, USB flash drives can lose some data sometimes

Which is more likely to be rendered unusable in a household with small children who get to your discs before you have a chance to put them away? If you think CD is so durable, then make a CD-R backup of the stick once you buy it, making sure to use "Music CD-R" media to satisfy all requirements of applicable private copying laws.

Re:Any use? (1)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096152)

USB flash drives can lose some data sometimes...

If only there were *some* way to avoid data loss... dang. Can't think of anything.

Not enough bits (4, Insightful)

geeber (520231) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096089)

The reason I don't buy from online services is I refuse to pay money for lossless codecs. If I am paying for music, I want to get all the bits, and then determine for myself which lossless codec I use to compress the song.

I would hate to see situations like this, where albums are only avialable in a lossy format, become the norm

Re:Not enough bits (4, Informative)

bdesham (533897) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096126)

Don't you mean "lossy" codec? If the songs are compressed in a lossless codec, you can losslessly re-encode them at will.

Re:Not enough bits (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096212)

Yes, he did. He's an idiot, apparently.

'Lossy' is what I meant to say (3, Informative)

geeber (520231) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096136)

Oops, I don't refuse to pay for lossless compression! I meant to say I refuse to pay for lossy compression.

Preview is a good thing!

"Compression" (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096189)

If I am paying for music, I want to get all the bits

Are you getting all the bits even when you buy a CD? Nowadays, most pop music is mastered through a limiter and a saturator to make it sound louder on portable CD players. Sending the signal against the -1 and +1 rails discards almost all the information during a drum hit, making the end result much less natural and less "punchy". See also loudness race [google.com] .

Re:"Compression" (1)

geeber (520231) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096280)

I understand that a lot of pop music undergoes compression. But that is in the mixing and mastering stage, and could be argued that it is part of the artistry that goes into making the music of a particular song. (I'll let others debate on the wisdom of using the words artistry and pop music in the same breath).

However this is much different than selling music in a lossy codec. Of course many audiofiles argue that the quantization on a CD is not good enough for hi-fidelty. But converting from one lossy codec to another is a much bigger hit in my opinion and even non-audiofiles can hear the distortion.

Won't work well with significant others... (5, Funny)

The_Rippa (181699) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096090)

Girlfriend: Hey, what do you have on that flash drive?
You: Barenaked ladies...why?

SLAP!

Re:Won't work well with significant others... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096193)

If she slaps you beat her ass.

Death To women's Rights.

Re:Won't work well with significant others... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096238)

and the /. crowd has nothing to worry obout..

Music industry listening? (0)

SlowSlow (796222) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096093)

We've all been complaining that we don't want to buy a full album for $16 when we really just want a few songs. So the industry responds by making us pay $30 for a full album with a crappy USB drive. Great progress!

Re:Music industry listening? (1)

shobadobs (264600) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096258)

They're not "making us" pay $30.

Reminds me of Tapes (1)

c41rn (880778) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096097)

This reminds me of getting music on tape. After you got tired of the band, you could just 'remove the protection' (using sticky tape!) and record whatever you wanted over it.

Obligatory Simpsons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096191)

Wiggum is wiring up Bart to spy on Fat Tony.
Wiggum inserts a tape into the recording device.

Bart: Hootie and the Blowfish?
Wiggum: It's cheaper than blank tape

Question? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096101)

How do I get Quake 3 to run in Linux?

"Album" name... (2, Funny)

sedyn (880034) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096104)

"Barenaked on a Stick" describes what it'd be after I formatted it.

FTFA (3, Interesting)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096110)

RTFA:
"This 128 reusable drive contains 29 songs, including the band's 2004 "Barenaked for the Holidays" album, in MP3 format along with live tracks, in-concert spoken quips, album art, photos, videos and more."

Reusable. MP3 format.

I may actually get it. Granted, 128MB isn't nearly large enough for my BNL boot collection (~2gb or so), but I could use a memory key and $30 isn't too bad a price.. Here's hoping _McDonald's Girl_ and/or _Lovers in a Dangerous Time_ are on there...

Full credit for trying something different... (5, Insightful)

ip_freely_2000 (577249) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096116)

Barenaked has always been a great band that does things a little different.

In this case the sum of the parts is greater than the items. Sure the music can be delivered cheaper and a memory stick is cheap. But the willingness to try something a little bit different just to see what happens is worth some applause.

By the way, these guys produce good music. They are worthy of support.

Everyones complaining... (5, Insightful)

Sinryc (834433) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096123)

Everyones complaining about the price, and yet no one is happy that mainstream bands are staring to use technology in a cool way. Also, if yourtoo lazy to RTFA.... "This 128 reusable drive contains 29 songs, including the band's 2004 "Barenaked for the Holidays" album, in MP3 format along with live tracks, in-concert spoken quips, album art, photos, videos and more."

Bring your own container! (4, Funny)

Leomania (137289) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096139)

Hey, while travelling in France I was taken to a small wine shop that sold wine in bulk; bring your container, they'd fill it up from what looked like a gas hose. Wouldn't it be nice to do the same with music and your flash drive? As long as there will be physical buildings where people go to buy their music, it would be great to avoid all the shipping of the physical media.

Plus I'm sure the music publishers would pass the savings on to us consumers.

Re:Bring your own container! (1)

smcavoy (114157) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096262)

you mean like they passed on the savings of distributing songs via iTunes?
9.99 for a downloaded album is *not* a reasonable price when compared to 12.99 for a physical CD.

Album Art (2, Insightful)

blastard (816262) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096140)

The term seems more than a bit outdated. Will there be any cool graphics on the USB stick itself? Could be quite a collectible if the edition is truly limited.

Let me get this straight... (2, Insightful)

merreborn (853723) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096143)

It costs more than a CD
The audio's lower quality
It doesn't work in my car ... And if everyone released music like this, I'd have 128Meg USB drives laying around my house all over the place.

That's only slightly more practical than releasing your album on the first 600 meg of a 500 gig drive, for $200 each.

Getting it straight... (4, Insightful)

argent (18001) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096230)

It costs more than a CD
The audio's lower quality


You get about 3 times as many songs as you would on a CD.
You can burn it to CD.

This is like them releasing it as an iTMS exclusive, except:

It's not DRMed.
They throw in a 128M flash drive for free.

OK, big BNL fan here, but... (2, Interesting)

TuxBeej (75679) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096146)

This sounds like a unique idea for releasing an album and if they pack it with goodies, I certainly won't complain. Including in-concert banter is a great idea, as that's always one of the things I've missed when I listen to a recording - there's less energy in the studio than there is live. They do offer downloads or CDs of most of their live concerts, for a price, which is a fantastic offer I've yet to actually *try*.

What worries me is that it'll be a little too easy to *lose* your music from that drive. Maybe that's a small worry, since you'll *probably* be able to back the music up on your own. Still, it just means that now I have to create a CD of it in order to listen to it in my car. Too many "ifs" to make me feel totally comfortable with purchasing this (even though I totally will). Plus, it'll look like hell on my CD rack. ^)_(^

Heh. I suppose what would've been an even better gimmick would be if they had released this USB drive in a package that includes a blank CD with artwork specific to this album. Then you could record it yourself, or even use the disc to record your own mixes. Include a little album artwork on the USB stick (front/back covers) and you can print out a pretty CD for your shelves if you wanted.

In related news... (0)

OpenSourced (323149) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096159)

Some USB flash company has a new offer of 128 Mb USB flash storage at the incredible price of $30. Expensive ? Not when you consider that it has BUNDLED, completely FREEEEEEEE, the newest album of the BARENAKED LADIES!!!!.

Much depends on the way you tell things, you know.

But Wait theres more! Thats amazing! (1)

ForCripeSake (932432) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096167)

This could be some fun marketing in the future.
I can't wait for hardware to come bundled with albums, like the prize in cereal box.

Get your Harry Chapin Hard Drives and Phish Phlash drives.

More than one album (1)

i_should_be_working (720372) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096168)

TFA is only 3 paragraphs, yet there are already ~5 comments from people complaining about the price who can't be bothered to RTFA and see that for the $30 you get 29 songs, videos and album art. Oh yeah, and a USB key.

I like this not (2, Insightful)

Lifewish (724999) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096176)

To me that reads as "people being trained to attach little black boxes of music to their computer, with the eventual intention of DRMing said boxes". If people are trained to attach arbitrary boxes to their computer to get music/films, the next step is to have those boxes "streaming" the audio/video straight to a Trusted Output Device [tm]. This probably wouldn't stop piracy, but it'd make backing up your media nigh-on impossible, since you'd no longer be able to copy directly.

This fits in well with plans [arstechnica.com] to make Windows Vista only play DVDs at full quality using the aforementioned Trusted Output Devices [tm]

One step forward, one step... sideways? (1)

chub_mackerel (911522) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096207)

Well, a label selling straight-up MP3 files of the songs (the very short FA says "MP3" and doesn't suggest any DRM) would be a step in the right direction.

I also don't see the USB drive as a problem. Actually it shows a bit of brain on the part of someone -- it embraces the "do what you want with bits" idea. Unlike a DVD or CD, a USB drive basically says, "Please move these files somewhere else." That's a massive step forward.

Of course, the logical questions everyone else here is already asking:

1) Why $30?

2) Why can't I just skip the USB and get the files directly?

Better business model (1)

cloudkj (685320) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096209)

What about distributing the newest selection of pictures, videos, and exclusive material of *actual* barenaked ladies? Sounds more profitable to me.

The price is about the same as CD + Stick (1)

size1one (630807) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096222)

The price [pricewatch.com] of 128meg memory sticks start at $14. Add in the cost of a normal album and you have about $30. They aren't making anymore money except maybe for selling you 2 products at the same time.

Is it worth it? Probably not unless you wanted a memory stick too. Personally, the memory stick is way too small for my tastes. I'd rather spend my money on 1g SD card that will work in my PDA, computer, camera, etc.

Its just a gimmick to get attention and its working.

Bad idea... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096234)

I got my flash key for school work. I got my flash key for work (which company policy doesn't allow). I got my flash key for my porn collection (girlfriend better not find that). I got my flash key for warez (yeah, it's wrong). I got my flash key for the car. Wait! Was my flash key for music?!

oooh (0, Redundant)

gcnaddict (841664) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096237)

"Barenaked USB drive"

how much porn is on it?

No one mentioned the most important thing.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14096251)

Barenaked Ladies is a REALLY crappy band.... $0.30 would be a bit too much to pay for any of their music.

quality? (1)

BushCheney08 (917605) | more than 8 years ago | (#14096287)

This 128 reusable drive contains 29 songs, including the band's 2004 "Barenaked for the Holidays" album, in MP3 format along with live tracks, in-concert spoken quips, album art, photos, videos and more.

Wow, that's a whole lot of material to try to cram into a 128MB drive. I'm guessing the bitrate and resolutions for all of that stuff is quite low...
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