Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Music labels consider slowing down digital sales

Here come the dinosaurs again: this time, the music labels are trying to preserve the "bundling" of songs on a CD, sold at higher prices than a digital single when unbundled. Hmmm. This sounds like a bad idea. (More here).

3 Comments:

Blogger duffee said...

It seems to me that this is part of the reason we ended up with all of the illegal downloading in the first place: people were sick of paying $20 for a CD when there was only one decent song on the whole album. At worst, I think this practice is going to lead people who had "reformed" to taking legal steps to buy singles online back to finding illegal ways to get the music they want at a reasonable price. At best, people who otherwise were excited to buy the song when they first heard it will be so sick of the song being overplayed on the radio that they won't even want to buy it by the time it comes out.

9:06 AM  
Blogger ed said...

I see both sides of the argument, some folks think the CD should be treated as a whole, with the argument you can't just buy scenes of a movie, however clearly there is a difference, in that they do sell singles on their own already. The other side would say you had the whole illegal problem before, iTunes and others helped fix to some degree the downloading problem, and now you want to turn your back...I posted on my blog on this earlier, you can see that here In re: End of iTunes?

1:12 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I agree with Duffee - I don't understand the logic here even. If the single is still released on-line at the same time the full album is released - I still don't see why anyone would buy the full album - rather than download the single - unless they had intended to do this anyway? I think in the long run - this will just cost the record companies more money - as people turn back to illegal methods.

8:26 AM  

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