The world is a shrunken, global mess of release dates and embargoed intellectual property, and I don't know if this really fixes anything. Does it change the fact that artists will release their albums on vinyl before all other formats in order to earn cachet with hipsters?
To me, release dates hearken back to the 1970s, which is when an album release would actually generate attention. That's gone now--there is no album being released this year by anyone that people are going to shit themselves over, save perhaps a Kanye West album or a surprise album by Beyonce. And you just got albums by those artists within the last couple of years, so, you know. Whatever.
The album format died a lot time ago and now they're trying to make it back into something with vinyl and downloads and Friday releases? Good luck.