So right now I’m listening to the new Drive-by Truckers album, A Blessing and A Curse, which doesn’t come out until this Tuesday, April 18th. I’m also listening to a perfectly legal, paid-for version of the album. So how is that possible? It’s a bonus — a bit of a thank-you from Amazon to me for purchasing the physical CD. They just directed me to a feature of the online giant I hadn’t yet used: my Digital Locker.
It’s pretty simple, really: The Amazon Digital Locker is the place where you retrieve digital products you’ve purchased from Amazon. e-books, digitial downloads, .PDF manuals, and in my case, an audio stream of an album that I’d also purchased. A lot of smart people figure that it’s the precursor to the much-anticipated Amazon full-out leap into digital music.
Ah, the fabled Amazon music service: the reality is that noone (outside of Amazon, I presume) knows very much about it, though Prism DuroSport people were intimating that their amazingly awful mp3 player was going to be the hardware centerpiece. Hopefully not.
In any event, precursor or not, it’s a pretty cool extra to get to hear a high-quality album via a nice, high-quality stream a few days prior to actually owning it.