My father-in-law has been holding forth on this issue for the last seven years: why isn't there somewhere you can go and mix and match your favorites songs by a given artist and have them burn the CD for you? No down;oading, no digital files - a real, physical CD made to your order.
Licensing has been the major hurdle: many major artists - Beatles, Stones, Led Zep - haven't allowed their material to be licensed to the legal digital downloading services. So it is a very big deal - and hopefully an important precedent - that Bob Dylan has allowed this:
- BOB DYLAN
Create your own Bob Dylan compilation CD! For $15 you can create a Custom Mix CD with 12 of your favorite tracks and rarities. You select the tracks you want, in the order you want, then we'll create the CD and mail it directly to you.
This is a step toward a consumer-friendly music industry - this particular journey will be completed when the price of a collection like this drops by at least 33%, and when the entire label catalog is available for mix and match CD creation.