Saturday, March 15, 2008

iDols on iTunes...

In a mini-competition within a competition, it's interesting to watch the download sales on iTunes of the performances from thus far this season.

For the first time, full-length studio versions from each show are offered for download ($.99 for audio track/$1.99 for video) at iTunes. (Last season, instead of one compilation CD at the end of the season, downloads were available at americanidol.com.)

While the individual tracks are not included in the charts with non-AI downloads (Syesha is not in competition with Beyonce), the downloads are ranked in relation to each other, giving us an interesting - and just plain fun - competition within a competition. And, potentially, it could give us an idea of sales instead of votes, since ultimately it's sales that determine the true nature of "winner."

So how are they ranking?

All of the shows, the three semi-finals and Beatles night performances, are available for download, so we have a ranking of the season overall and each individual themed episode.

So who's winning. It looks like a guys competition, featuring Brooke White. Seven of the top ten downloads are by Jason or a David. Brooke picks up two spots and Carly has one.

The overall #1 downloaded track for the season is Archuleta's Imagine, which I don't imagine anyone is surprised about.

Here's the top ten overall downloads as of 9 a.m. Saturday, March 15:

1. Imagine (David Archuleta)
2. Hello (David Cook)
3. Hallelujah (Jason Castro)
4. Let it Be (Brooke White)
5. Eleanor Rigby (David Cook)
6. Love is a Battlefield (Brooke White)
7. Another Day in Paradise (David Archuleta)
8. Come Together (Carly Smithson)
9. If I Fell (Jason Castro)
10. Daydream (Jason Castro)

And just to have a bit more fun, let's isolate only the first finals episode, the memorable night of Lennon and McCartney music.

1. Let it Be (Brooke White)
2. Eleanor Rigby (David Cook)
3. Come Together (Carly Smithson)
4. If I Fell (Jason Castro)
5. She's a Woman (Chikezie) - #11 overall
6. Across the Universe (Michael Johns) - #12 overall
7. We Can Work it Out (David Archuleta) - #16 overall
8. You Can't Do That (Amanda Overmyer) - #29 overall
9. In My Life (Ramiele Malubay) - #30 overall
10. Eight Days a Week (Kristy Lee Cook) - #40 overall
11. I Saw Her Standing There (David Hernandez) - #47 overall
12. Got to Get You Into My Life (Syesha Mercado) - #58 overall

For perspective, there are 84 total audio and video tracks available for download. I am starting my own collection of David Cook essentials (with a little Jason Castro sprinkled in for good measure) and I will say that, of the tracks I now have on my iPod, it was money well spent.

Have you downloaded any tracks? Give us a review!

After all, Tuesday is four nights away.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jennifer for the info on the downloads on iTune. Your great, you do such a good job!

Dori

10:59 AM, March 15, 2008  
Anonymous chris(daughtry)rocks said...

Hey Jennifer, do you know if the downloads are from recordings straight from the show, or do they do professional recordings in the studio? I'm just thinking about poor little David Archuleta who botched up "We Can Work it Out" on the show. That wouldn't make for such a good download. :(

9:42 PM, March 15, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

The ones from the semi-finals are the show performances only. The songs from the finals are full-length studio versions, so a bad live performance won't be stinking up your iPod. :o)

8:17 AM, March 16, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they only use a few seconds from the song, so they probably used the part where david a DIDN'T mess up -

Cingular only has a few Idol 08 songs as ringtones and they didn't choose what part of the song to use very carefully. It's as if they chose at random...weird. And Jason's "Hallelujah" wasn't available, which is what I would have bought. Very disappointing.

Thx Jennifer for the interesting information -

10:27 AM, March 16, 2008  
Blogger Vernae said...

I don't pay a dime for my studio recordings...someone on IDF is nice enough to load them up to another site for anyone to downlaod for free....which kind of makes these rankings mean nothing.

:)

10:06 AM, March 17, 2008  
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10:07 AM, March 17, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

I don't condone piracy, and I'm not providing links to those sites that do. How y'all choose to get your songs is up to you, but please don't open me up to a cease and desist order.

Thank you.

10:24 AM, March 17, 2008  
Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

I bought all Danny Noriega's songs.

10:31 AM, March 17, 2008  
Blogger DrillerAA said...

Do you find it ineresting that the top 10 overall downloads have come from only five contestants and Michael Johns is not among them? It might be a preview of a future elimination shocker, say around 5th place.

7:33 AM, March 18, 2008  
Blogger DrillerAA said...

Do the contestants get a cut of the download sales?

7:36 AM, March 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that *is* interesting - I've never thought he was all that great and have wondered what all the hype was about.

Chikezie isn't in the top 10 either but if he continues to perform like he did last week I think he'll stay in for a long time. The top 5 will probably be Jason, both Davids, Brooke, and Chikezie. Carly won't stay that long because even though she can sing, her facial expressions are hard to look at, and the tattoo isn't pretty, either.

11:09 AM, March 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw, I found this site through sirlinksalot - and through the comments on this thread, found idolforums - which is the most boring ridiculous nonsense I've ever wasted my time on. GOD. Half an hour of scrolling through stupid comment with tons of pictures after stupid comment with tons of pictures. No one had anything worthwhile or interesting to say. Just "Go Jason!" "Go David!" "I love Michael!" blah blah blah. Stupid.

I LOVE this blog, and Dave's.

11:20 AM, March 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw, I found this site through sirlinksalot - and through the comments on this thread, found idolforums - which is the most boring ridiculous nonsense I've ever wasted my time on. GOD. Half an hour of scrolling through stupid comment with tons of pictures after stupid comment with tons of pictures. No one had anything worthwhile or interesting to say. Just "Go Jason!" "Go David!" "I love Michael!" blah blah blah. Stupid.

I LOVE this blog, and Dave's.

11:20 AM, March 18, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

Aww. Thanks! What a nice thing to say. Dave and I have the BEST readers in the world. And check out Laura and Kristi in the sidebar.

I can't handle the forums either.

2:46 PM, March 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Itunes the only version of Hello available is the short AI performance.
Does anyone know if David Cook will be doing a full length version and will it be avilable on itunes?

11:34 PM, March 25, 2008  

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