Friday, 11 December 2009

Free Download Friday #39: iTunes Holiday Sampler

I'm not sure how long this will be available but the UK iTunes store is currently offering an eight track Holiday Sampler as a free download.

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Originally uploaded by DavidDMuir
It does its best to provide something for everyone with artists ranging from Classical (Charlotte Church) to Country (Rascal Flatts) and Gospel (Aretha Franklin) to... er... Glaswegian (Glasvegas)! I must admit that I found it hard to dislike any of these tracks. Even the ones I didn't think I would enjoy have something to commend them. For example, I was not familiar with the name Rascal Flatts but I found their version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen to be surprisingly good. Similarly, Charlotte Church's Dream a Dream is a bit over-cooked for my taste, but it's Christmas, and if you can't over-cook things at Christmas, when can you?

The stand-out tracks for me are Aretha Franklin's Angels We Have Heard On High and Glasvegas with A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss). However, as I said, just about something for everyone, so, what are your favourites?

iTunes Holiday Sampler (UK only?)


admin said...

Hi David,
I realise this is going slightly off topic but it does concern music downloads - in particular the sugar-coated X-Factor variety. The Simon Cowell X-Factor machine must be stopped!

The office Christmas tree is up, the lights have been PAT tested and I'm downloading your holiday sampler at the moment. Will break out the mince pies after lunch.



David said...

Hello Jim

Shh! Don't tell anyone... but I quite enjoy the X-Factor.

Phew! Guilty secret off my chest.

However, having said that, I do hate the way that it seems to be a foregone conclusion the X-Factor finalist will be the Christmas number 1. I liked it in the olden days when bands like Slade and Wizzard had to battle it out for the top spot.

I like Christmas music and it would be nice if a Christmas song made it to the number 1 spot at Christmas again. Probably, the last serious(?) attempt at this was The Darkness a couple of years ago... and it still annoys me that the Mad World single kept it at number 2!