When the heck are we gonna get all of the important info that comes on a hard copy of a music purchase, with an mp3? I mean for cryin' out loud! Am I the only one that wants to know who produced an album? Who played drums? Where was it recorded? Who mastered it? What the heck did that singer say?? Hes gonna bury a chocolate bar? Gonna buy a 'lectric guitar?
We'll never know...
These are the burning questions that keep me up at night after I have visited amazon or itunes for a quick fix.
Sure, some of this info can be found on the net. IF you can avoid the bot sites that come up in google that say RADIO HEAD LYRICS and then proceed to try and take over your computer after you click the link. Even still, it can be difficult to find credits. And dagnabbit, I shouldn't have to go looking. I should get it when I buy the music-Automatically.
There are a couple of places like NoneSuch Records that sell you the CD, and an instant (high quality!) download for 1 price. This rocks IMO. Also, they tend to list many the players and details right there on the front info page.
Amazon and itunes; listen up- Everyone I know that buys music on a regular basis says the same thing, they like CDs but buy mp3s for the quick fix factor. (me too) Why not combine these experiences with either a combo deal or higher quality mp3s (don't even get me started on 128 kbps, it sounds terrible) and more Lyrics, liner notes, artwork etc...
More information is good. Knowledge is power!
[A quick follow up on 10/24/2009]
I have since run across and fairly elegant solution to this issue. Any of you that own Death Cab For Cutie's "Canyon Bridge" may have noticed that track 13 is indeed a complete rundown of the credits as read by professional Voice Over artist Mike West. I suspect that this great idea came from producer Chris Walla.
Also, as you probably know, there are several lyric sites out there. Even still, until we come up with a standard and better multimedia solution, I encourage artists to put their lyrics on their website. Many of those lyric sites are "best guesses" from the site owner and contain inaccuracies...