May 21, 2009
The Death of Greatest Hits Albums
Shouldn't iTunes have killed these already? Oh, you released an album with your 12 most successful songs? Well, the problem is that in the digital world, I can already go and buy each of those songs individually off all of your old albums. All you have really done is released a free Mix-CD recommendation guide for us.
Now, I know what you're thinking. What about the one or two new songs they sneak on the album? Exactly. That brings up a great point. I think we're about to see a big swing towards the release of singles and things like 4-song EPs as well.
Because there's no real cost-benefit of creating a 12 song album anymore now that it costs a band virtually nothing to put new music on iTunes. We're about to get a lot more of it, in a lot of new forms...and no more greatest hits albums. Be excited.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 8:00 AM