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Ding dong and the digital divide

A couple of week ago I wrote "if you aren't digitally literate it'll soon become very hard to obtain music that isn't mainstream". Since then the purchasing of one particular song has caused a huge amount of controversy both with politicians and in the media.

I'm not going to go into the reasons why people might be buying the song Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, in this piece that's of no interest to me, I'm exploring the methods they're choosing to do so and how this might give us an insight into other services.

It's also worth noting that according to the Local Government Chronicle, this week plans to launch Universal Credit as "digital by default" have been amended to "digital as appropriate".

So, back to the song in question, let's say I wanted to legally own a copy of this recording today, there are basically two methods I can use to obtain it:

From places like iTunes to more specialist sites like Beatport t…