Two Strikes Best Buy, One Strike Fall Out Boy

I went to Best Buy today to buy the new Fall Out Boy CD. So when I got home, and opened up the CD to import it into iTunes, a bright yellow card said I could download two “exclusive” songs from Fall Out Boy.

First Strike Best Buy

On the card, it said to go to www.falloutboy.islandrecords.com/bestbuy.

Unfortunately, the real address was falloutboy.islandrecords.com/bestbuy. C’mon Best Buy.

Second Strike Best Buy

When I downloaded the songs, they were in the protected WMA format. Um… I use iTunes. I can’t import protected WMAs into the most popular music player. So now I have to go into Windows Media Player to play the songs? I know the songs were free and everything, but you couldn’t pay me enough money to voluntarily open Windows Media Player to play music.

C’mon Best Buy!

Get the web address right, and give us some files that can be imported into any music player.

One Strike for Fall Out Boy

I personally think the Fall Out Boy CD should have come with an explicit lyrics sticker for their song “This Ain’t a Scene.” They use the phrase GD way too much. Granted, I don’t exactly expect Christian lyrics from a band like Fall Out Boy, but I don’t expect a band to disrespect a religion either.

6 Comments

  1. I've never really been impressed by the exclusive stuff that Best Buy has given away in the past. For example, when they give you an exclusive DVD of extra features where 90% of the stuff is on the special features of the DVD you just bought. At least this DVD will play in an ordinary player and not exclusively on a Windows PC in an IE Browser window.

  2. About Best Buy, when are big corporations going to realize that the WWW part is not required unless one makes it required. And in this case, it seems their server was setup to not redirect WWW automatically should someone enter it along with a subdomain. It's like my ISP always telling me to type WWW before any website address when I tell them the internet isn't working. lol.

    Off-topic: I like your new security question in comments. I am sure HAL would be able to answer that question, though. :p

  3. Dan,

    I could've bought Fall Out Boy from iTunes, but Best Buy had them on sale for $11.99. The two dollar difference made up for no DRM IMO. I totally agree with the exclusives from Best Buy. The exclusives from Target aren't aren't any better.

    Bes,

    Thanks for the feedback on the security questions. Still zero spam. I'm not sure what HAL is though. 🙂

  4. Good choice on going with the CD. No downloads are going to beat the sound quality of the CD. Not yet, anyway. 🙂

    HAL is the Artificial Intelligence computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Considered a "classic", but I wouldn't recommend wasting your time on it. 🙂

    cetroyer

  5. A little interesting fact – my drummer played drums on, engineered and produced Fall Out Boy's first few albums. He also played with 7 Angels 7 Plagues (huge underground hardcore band), and is a jazz drummer. I wouldn't be plugging him right now but I really like him.

  6. Josh,

    Thanks for the fact. That's really neat that your drummer was involved in such a successful band. I wish your band the same success.

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