Question about "album only" songs

Discussion in 'iPod' started by fusion19, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. fusion19 macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2007
    How come there are certain songs on the iTunes Music Store that are "album only"? More specifically, does Apple decide this or is it mandated by the recording studios that provide the music? I'm guessing that it is probably a requirement by the recording studios for letting Apple sell their music on the iTunes Music Store.

    I hope Apple gets rid of the "album only" songs soon. I can't tell you how anoying it is to find a good song I want to buy, then find out I have to pay for the whole album to get it. These "album only" songs defeats the main draw of the iTunes Music Store for me: being able to download the individual songs I want without having to pay for the whole album.
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I've never really wanted an album-only song, but I do sympathize. I'm pretty sure it was a result of the original record company negotiations, as this has pretty much always been there on the iTunes store, AFAIK, alongside partial albums (which I find even more infuriating, because they're typically poor albums with one or two good songs, and the good songs are the ones that are completely unavailable). In the beginning, there was a lot of criticism that the per-song model would crush whole album sales. It might change more as the industry itself is becoming less reliant on whole album sales (because of not only iTunes and the like but also ringtones, for instance).
  3. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I hope they get rid of that too. There are loads of album only tracks I want.
  4. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    There has been a couple tracks on movie soundtracks that I wanted, but is available as "album only". Mad World on Donnie Darko was one example, but eventually it became available. Right now, there is a Macy Gray(?) song from Deja vu that I am waiting on. Of course, there is no way I am paying $10 for just one song, so they lose that one dollar that they could have earned from me as well. Idiots!...

    I understand some artists wanting their albums to be sold in its entirety, but when the same artist release Greatest Hits kind of compilations, that is hypocrisy.
  5. Mac OS X Ocelot macrumors 6502a

    Mac OS X Ocelot

    Sep 7, 2005
    It sort of defeats the point of selling single songs. iTunes isn't just a way to get albums without leaving your house. It's for getting that one song you want.
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Happens quite often with very long songs. I think almost everything longer than seven minutes is sold as "album only". An extreme case: Mike Oldfields "Amarok". The whole album is just one song, 60 minutes. Can't buy it for £0.79; you have to buy the whole album :D
  7. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Well, with long songs, I kind of see the logic behind it. There is this live Miles Davis album, where most of the tracks are album only as each one is about 10 minutes long. Well, OK, I said, fine, but the same songs are available at eMusic by song at about 30cents if you use all of your monthly allowance.

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