STARPOLISH: No, you definitely did. I just remember back to 1999, when I left journalism full time to help launch an Internet music company, and the word of the hour was "disintermediation," meaning that you no longer needed a record label. And boy were they wrong, at least for the time being. The Internet is a tool. So I'm just wondering if some of these examples, if not particularly relevant to your situation, underscore that that utopian idea of the Internet being the be-all-end-all really is not instrumental?
SHELLEY: Well we've definitely thought about it but for those guys, I think they really lost something when they didn't have structure, you know? Like for Prince, when he's putting out his record he thinks, "Well, I can do anything." And he did, and he has a hardcore group of fans, but it didn't reach everybody; he sort of lost touch.
STARPOLISH: And maybe not just with music, but with reality .
RANALDO: Well I wonder how many copies those records sold. They might have still sold staggering numbers...
SHELLEY: Well, I don't know, but he lost touch with the public, and then something like Outkast came along. And Outkast could have never happened without Prince and a hundred other bands, but they touched peoples' lives and that's great. So I don't know if the Internet record label thing is going to work. You know, some of it's closer to us. Einsturzende Neubauten was going to do that, and they wound up putting the record on Mute Records, which is a great label. It seems like it's not there yet for the Internet only album.
RANALDO: It's getting there — there's no doubt it's changing; all that stuff is changing the face of the industry, but it's not there yet. Like you said, it's a tool, it hasn't replaced record stores — or records labels
SHELLEY: I think it's a great way to put out like secondary music in your life. Let's say we went on tour and we wanted to compile a greatest hits live album from our last tour, and didn't want to make a big deal out of it. I think an Internet version of that, where you still sold a CD but you sold it over the Internet, would be a great thing.
STARPOLISH: Sure. I see more bands now doing shows where you can actually get a copy of the live CD as you leave .