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September 05, 2004

iTunes Music Store Inaccuracy

I was poking around in the iTunes Music Store early this morning and discovered they had The Swing by INXS. I was quite psyched since that is one of my all time favorite albums. I remember my high school roommate and I used to have it playing on shuffle play all night long many many times. I clicked to add it to my shopping cart and did some more browsing. When I was done I was just about to click on 'Buy Now' when I noticed something. The version of "Original Sin" they have as part of the album is the wrong version. The listed time for the track is 3:46. According to allmusic.com, the actual length of the track is 5:19, which sounded more like what I remembered.

The most annoying part of this is that I've had my eye out for this for ages and it feels like it is almost within my grasp. Maybe I should ask around to see if any of my friends have it.

Posted by snooze at September 5, 2004 07:11 AM


I've got the 5:22 version from their anthology cd set. How would you like to receive it? :)

Posted by: evilfoo at September 5, 2004 01:41 PM

This reminds me of what happened when I bought PiL "Happy" a few years ago. EVERYTHING on the album was a remaster or remix of some kind. It was horrible and definitely NOT the album I played when I was a DJ 18 years ago. Pissed me right off.

Posted by: Mad William Flint at September 5, 2004 02:39 PM

My guess is they do everything off of a raw listing track titles. Actually it's more than a guess, I'm pretty positive about it. So they might not actually have Original Sin from the album at all, but they do have A version of it. This happens with a lot of stuff from best of albums. For instance, if you try to get stuff from the cars it is all partial albums with tracks that are on the full album best of version they have.
Pure Laziness.

Posted by: gregory [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 5, 2004 02:48 PM

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