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Garth Vs The Web


01/23/2008
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(Idolator) Garth Brooks is emblematic of another time in the record industry--a time when the Recording Industry Association of America's Diamond certification meant something, a time when people would happily plunk down $13.98 or more for his latest album, a time when being "about the music" meant "paying for the music," mannn. But it's the age of rampant cost-free downloading, and he's trying to figure out a way to keep the money flowing in. His solution? Pinning a bright badge to his cowboy hat and handing out tickets. E-tickets, that is!

Energized by this renewed sense of relevance, Brooks still remains wary of some aspects of 21st century music culture. He's not fond of iTunes, remaining loyal to the album format. And when the subject of illegal downloading comes up, watch out.

"As a society, all we want is more free music. But let's talk about me being on a soccer field, and hearing 'More Than a Memory' on somebody's phone. I go over there and say, 'Where'd you get that?' and they tell you: a file-sharing place. I call that place and they say, 'We can't do anything until you write us a letter.' Now how screwed up is that?" - more on this story

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