I told MP3.com to kiss my ass a long time ago for so many reasons, and switched to Ampcast. As an artist, I was sick of waiting around to have my songs “approved” by MP3.com’s staff. This can take weeks sometimes, which is absolutely ridiculous; we live in the digital age. Why shouldn’t my song go live the night I release it?
Then Ampcast reduced the payback by about 18%, stopped listening to or responding to it’s artists (who pay to be there), trippled the yearly fee and then cancelled the payback altogether without notifying anyone.
So I was going to tell Ampcast to kiss my ass and meekly go back to MP3.com, where I still have a page (though only because of some cross-promotion with other MP3.com artists).
But today I snapped. Every time I clicked on something, a shockwave video came up advertising a movie, and there’s no way to close it until you ride the whole thing out (which sucks your bandwidth) or click on it, which opens two more pop up windows. AAAARRRG!
Every _ single _ time _ I _ CLICK _ ON _ ANYTHING!
I don’t normally have anger issues, but popups are a pet peeve, especially when they comandeer my computer to play (repeatedly) an advertisement for a movie I have no interest in seeing. Even if I did, having to close three windows would piss me off enough to make me not want to see it.
Then comes the real kicker – as I was going to one of the artist pages to grab a track that’s in the review queue, the screen begins fading to black. Do I have I virus, I wonder to myself, but then it is replaced with another video screen, this one advertising the army.
The United States Army.
Worse, it’s hovering with it’s bottom just out of the window, and though you scroll down and momentarily see the button marked “close” it immediately repositions itself so that the close option is out of the window, and that it’s covering whatever you’re trying to look at.
Suddenly every artist page on MP3.com is *actually* a sneaky click through to the US Army recruiting page.
Beyond the sheer enormity of advertising military recruitment on independant artist music pages, I am NOT AMERICAN. I don’t even qualify for what they’re making me sit through! Worse yet, I wouldn’t join even if I could, because I think that war is stupid and wrong 99.9% of the time and think America has no business threatening the UN and everyone else in the world. But that’s a whole other issue. The point is that, regardless of what I think, I went to an MP3.com artist’s page and was instead directed to the US ARMY.
For promoting war and killing thousands of innocent people in battles over oil and ideology, for screwing it’s artists at every turn and for stealing my bandwidth with porn site style trickery and popups, I flip MP3.com the big bird and strongly reccomend to any artist who’s using MP3.com to find somewhere else and then boycot the site.
Personally, I’m not going there anymore. Period. Anyone who requests a review and has their song hosted by MP3.com is setting their reviewers up in the wrong frame of mind, because instead of getting ready to hear your song with fresh ears, we’re being bombarded with American rampant consumerism and patriotic militarianism.
So let’s say it all together:
“MP3.COM CAN KISS MY ASS!”