To that end, BMG blocked Sony's efforts to co-manage their mutual resources. For instance, BMG allowed music owned by the two corporations to be sold on the X-Box Marketplace but not for the PlayStation. What really got me, though, was that all Sony-BMG music titles disappeared from the BMG Music Club. No Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson on Columbia. No Brooks & Dunn or Alan Jackson on Arista. No Waylon Jennings on RCA! I don't know how fans of other genres fared, other than I know that Bruce Springsteen disappeared entirely. The only exceptions were a handful of current releases, priced at $14 or so apiece as Premium Titles.
I've always had a love/hate relationship with the BMG Music Club. I love being able to order several CD's at a time with a ridiculous discount and free shipping once a year; they hate that I generally take about eleven months to ever pay for said order. (It's not my fault they continue to allow me to click "Bill Me" when ordering!) I recently just paid for an order from last year, as a matter of fact, and I was even contemplating cancelling my account. I mean, at this point, with no Sony-owned titles, there wasn't much left that interested me that I didn't already have. It would even be just as reasonable--if not moreso--to purchase digitally from Amazon or iTunes henceforth to keep up with the few artists still stocked by BMG Music Club.
And then, today, I got an e-mail invitation to pick a random discount: 70%, 80% or 90% off. I snagged 80% off, and began browsing. Lo and behold, quietly included in my browsing, were some Columbia Records titles of the Man in Black! The return isn't complete by any means; they've added the 16 Biggest Hits collection of Waylon & Willie, but otherwise they've yet to expand their offerings of the original Outlaw. And The Boss is still restricted to three Premium Titles, but I'm hopeful that this is a sign that better things are coming.