Online music retailing is growing quickly in Australia. ChaosMusic and Sanity have
listed on the stock exchange. HMV has partnered with digitalone. Fudge Music have built
themselves a store. Chaos has decided to acquire Gaslight Music.
But it seems that all of them have completely forgotten to include critical
information in their music listings.
Pick up a music CD (or look at your MP3 playlist for an even better example). There's
probably a title, an artist name, and some gruesome pictures (no wait, that might just
be my CD collection)... Now, flip it over, and more often than not, you'll find a
listing of the tracks to be found on the CD. Sometimes they'll also tell you how long
each track is.
However, if you're purchasing music online in Australia, consider yourself lucky to
find any track information. This isn't a problem if you're looking to pick up a copy of
Master of Puppets (Metallica) that you know back to front, and have had your eyes on
for years, but if you simply want to check if their new release S&M includes a
particular track - well, good luck.
Editor of Newswire, Angus Kidman writes in a
recent article - Not enough
information - that his purchasing is done at href="http://www.cdnow.com/" target="_new">CDnow
href="http://www.cdnow.com/" target="_new">CDnowalmost entirely due to the fact that he cannot
find track details on the sites of Australian music retailers.
Perhaps if they spent more time building a site packed with useful information, instead
of racing to beat competitors to public offerings...
What do you think? Have you seen similar examples in sites around the planet? Let
everyone know by commenting below.