On the one hand, I've been thinking about linking to the iTunes Music Store anyway. I'm on record as thinking that iTunes is an awesome application anyway, and the store gives me a place where you can hear 30 legal seconds of the song I'm referring to in my blog. I've only been holding off on that because it only works if you've got iTunes installed, and it's kind of a pisser to fill my blog with links that might or might not work for you.
And if I'm going to do the links, why not get my cut? 5% of all the 99 cent songs that I'm going to sell all my readers is...
not even enough to buy gum.
There's also the issue of becoming a corporate shill. Now, I'm way past my "The Internet Wants To Be Free, Man" days. Try doing some actual tech support for a while, and it'll beat all that pre-bubble idealism right out of you. Anyway, I never really thought of this blog as something I'd even try to make money with. It's just a place to try to make writing back into a habit.
I'm already noticing that I check to see my Google position (first in line if you search "hip deep in pie," thank you very much) and my referrals and even my value on Blogshares for crying out loud. I don't really need to be checking if I've made my very own dime yet, but I know I would.
So, what do you think? You read this thing, you tell me if you even use iTunes, or whether you have an opinion on linking to the store.
(Note: Bloody hell. Did you know that if you draft a post on on Blogger one day, write a different post, and then finish the first one, it's published by date of first draft, not actual publication date? LibraryMan is offended.)