Did I see this link here? May 23, 2003 2:16 PM   Subscribe

was I dreaming?

I thought I saw a link here a few days ago, about a bookmark that would quickly let you know, using amazon's database, whether a specific cd was put out by a member of the riaa. but when I searched for this link here, it was gone. And I didn't see it on lofi, when I looked there. Normally, I wouldn't care too much about a deleted thread, but I can't seem to find the link in question via google either. can anyone help me out?
posted by jann to Etiquette/Policy at 2:16 PM (8 comments total)

I saw that link on Kottke's site as a sidebar link. Is this what you're looking for?
posted by inviolable at 2:38 PM on May 23, 2003

thanks, yeah, that's it.
posted by jann at 2:39 PM on May 23, 2003

Speaking of that, what are everyone's thoughts on it? Any suggestions, comments, ideas, bugs, improvements, &c.?
posted by magnetbox at 6:44 PM on May 23, 2003

pudding... lots and lots of pudding
posted by poopy at 7:50 PM on May 23, 2003

Is there a method that doesn't require the Javascript "bookmarklet" approach? It doesn't work in my browser (Lynx 2.8.4rel.1). What about a page with a form where you could paste the Amazon URL?

OK, you got me, just kidding. Camino 0.7 for Macintosh. Still doesn't work there, though.
posted by tss at 9:44 PM on May 23, 2003

what are everyone's thoughts on it?

I think it's silly. As the page points out, RIAA-affilitated labels control 90% of music. So, rather than clicking a little button to find out whether a particular album is issued by a RIAA label, you could just assume that it is, and be right 90% of the time, without needing to click anything. That's close enough for me.
posted by kindall at 7:09 AM on May 24, 2003

...you could just assume that it is [issued by a RIAA label], and be right 90% of the time...

This isn't going to help you boycott RIAA, unless you boycott all music in general.
posted by Shane at 8:11 AM on May 24, 2003

actually, I find it really useful.
I don't buy much through amazon, but I use it as a research tool. this improves its efficacy. And for the kind of music I like, the 90% assumption would be 90% off. This tool rules at helping me be double sure about whether I want to buy something that I think just might be in that other 10%.
posted by jann at 3:24 PM on May 24, 2003

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