Posted on: June 10, 2008 in Technology, Music

If bands were operating systems

After the recent news regarding Metallica’s prima dona behavior, where they’ve forced bloggers to remove (positive) reviews of their new album, I’ve drafted the following chart to help my fellow geeks understand the lay of the land.

Metallica == Microsoft (closed, proprietary systems, active disdain for customers)
Radiohead == Apple (just works, listens to customers)
Trent Reznor == Linux (totally hackable, but can be tricky to configure)

3 Responses to “If bands were operating systems”

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    Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins Says:

    I think I’d flip-flop Trent and Radiohead. Radiohead has the remixable music, too. Trent Reznor is the one who wants to raise the bar on the price of digital-only releases. Apple in the making, perhaps?

    I’d also add:
    Prince == SunOS (before it went free and open: insanely high licensing fees, shark-like pursuit of those getting a free ride, 80s corporate suits love it, ceased to be interesting in 1999).

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    cbrumelle Says:

    Ha! Good one!

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    Ivan Storck Says:


    Grateful Dead == BSD Unix
    Phish == Ubuntu

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