So, I’m guessing a collection of music industry people must have recently gathered for another one of their vaunted “How can we fuck ourselves in the ass really hard?” meetings, because their latest scheme to produce revenue is just off-the-charts insane. You ready for this? Okay, you know how when you go to iTunes you can listen to a 30-second preview of a song. Well, these geniuses want to start charging you a fee for that! Yeah.

This fresh nugget of dipshittery is the brainchild of ASCAP and BMI, the organizations that work on behalf of, not against (Allegedly!), composers and songwriters. Reports CNET:

ASCAP and BMI have their sights set on collecting fees from three main areas: downloads of music; downloads of films and TV shows, and 30-second song samples.

In case you don’t know the lingo of music licensing, here are some important definitions. When music is performed in public, say at radio stations, restaurants, or sports stadiums, groups such as ASCAP and BMI collect fees and pass it on to composers and songwriters. This is different than a “mechanical” licensing fee, which is paid for the right to record or distribute a song (ASCAP and BMI don’t collect mechanical fees).

“In the U.S. while we do get paid a mechanical (licensing fee) from ITunes, we are not getting any performance income from Apple yet,” David Renzer, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, said in interview late last month with entertainment-industry publication, Encore. “(On iTunes) you can stream radio, and you can preview (tracks), things that we should be getting paid performance income for.

I wonder if these staggering jackasses have any clue as to how much money they’ll actually lose if such fees were to be instituted? I can’t tell you how many times over the course of my life I’ve purchased music that I wouldn’t have otherwise purchased because I was able to preview songs and liked them. I’ve done it on iTunes with the uber-annoying 30-second preview, and I’ve done it countless times in music stores like Virgin and Tower, where you used to be able to stand at a station and listen to a CD to see if it was worth a shit. I can honestly say that I’ve spent at least $1000-$2000 on music that I wouldn’t have spent otherwise for no other reason than because I previewed something I was unfamiliar with and liked it. AND I’M JUST ONE PERSON!

What a bunch of morons…Enjoy continuing to circle the drain guys.