Okay, I’ve got a sense of humour – after all I am Canadian – but I’ve got a bone to pick with Peter Butler, the writer over at CNET tasked with coming up with the top 5 worst downloads every month.
This time round however, Butler has declared war on Canada. Or, to be more precise, our music. The download in question is Canadian Rock Radio 1.0, which technically isn’t a downloadable app as much as a gadget for Windows Vista’s sidebar function. The gadget provides users with a simple drop-down list on their desktop giving them access to 50 streaming Canadian radio stations.
Is it sophisticated? No. Does it work? Probably, but not being a Vista user I have no idea. Is the publisher’s description of the download really, truly, dreadful? Yes:
"Get direct links to 50 of Canada’s best rock radio stations streaming music 24 hrs a day. Don’t get sucked in and pay for live audio streams, when you can 1isten [sic] for free. Simply click on the radio station you desire and play there [sic] live stream from their site, and we through in the eBay Canada search bar [sic], so you can get deals on concert tickets, memorabilia, and CDs. […]"
All of these aspects could arguably be excellent fodder for a reviewer’s wrath. Problem is, Butler doesn’t critique the gadget – he critiques some of our most beloved rock ‘n’ roll institutions, namely: Rush, Triumph and Chilliwack. My outrage knows no bounds.
Now I’m willing to consider that the inclusion of this download in Butler’s top 5 worst list was done for laughs, after all we Canadians are an easy target. Friendly, slow to anger, with great taste in alcoholic beverages, sports, not to mention MUSIC… and BTW, we favoured your new president-elect 6-1, so clearly we know how to choose world leaders too… yes, it’s easy to pick on us.
But be warned Peter Butler, we’re watching you. Say what you want aboot Canada, but don’t be taking swipes at our musicians…