Amazon peddles Prince for pence
MP3 album goes for a song
Amazon UK is currently selling the MP3 version of Prince’s Lovesexy album for the not so princely sum of 79 pence.
The online retailer has failed to spot the cockup, which appears to have happened because the Purple One’s 1988 album was mastered to be played as if it was one track.
Sources close to the matter tell us that Prince, who has taken much of the interwebs to task for plastering his face and tunes all over it unofficially, released the CD without cue points because he wanted fans to listen to it all in one go.
So instead of charging customers the normal £4.99 to download an entire album, Lovesexy is on offer via Amazon.co.uk for the cheap-as-chips cost of just one tune – £0.79.
Meanwhile, over at Big Daddy site Amazon.com the same album, which includes the hit single Alphabet St, is retailing at $0.75… on audiocassette that is.
Now, is it El Reg’s public duty to notify Amazon about its FAIL, or should we stay quiet so as all you TheartistformerlyknownastheArtistFormerlyKnownasPrinceformerlyknownasawonkysymbol fans can benefit, and y’know share a little bit of festive love?
Answers on a diminutive Prince-sized postcard, please. ®
How typical of the purple one to want to annoy the hell out of people by making the whole album one track.
What an arse.
Odd. In 1988, when the album came out, it was indeed one long track - very annoying. I bought the tape and then the LP a little while later because it was easier than the CD. But, a year or so ago, for sake of completeness, I bought the CD, and was happy to find that the tracks were indeed now separate, as they should have been in the first place.
That said, it's a brilliant album to listen to from start to finish, so one track isn't all bad, and it's his last really really good album before things went horribly wrong.
79p for just one coaster?