Who here has not burned a song or two on a CD? Did you get the material using P2P, or from a CD itself, or from a friend? Does it matter the source?
Water...It is relatively cheap and easy to get. Just open a tap at the house. Yet people are willing to pay more for bottled water than for gasoline (which takes tremendously more refining before it hits the market). Does the RIAA needs to rethink its business model?
posted on 09/29/2002 6:52:52 AM PDT
hmm...I think this was posted yesterday.
Does the RIAA needs to rethink its business model?
In a word? Yes.
posted on 09/29/2002 6:55:22 AM PDT
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posted on 09/29/2002 6:59:12 AM PDT
blank CDs now outsell prerecorded discs
I buy blank CDs to burn software on them -- software such as RedHat 7.3. This year I bought a pack of 50. But this year, also, I have not as yet purchased a single music CD because I consider their prices to be (artificially) too high. I have yet to download any music, and I have yet to burn a single music track onto a CD.
They're using my purchases to skew their statistics.
posted on 09/29/2002 7:09:38 AM PDT
The industry can still make millions of dollars, just not billions.
This one statement is anathema to the Big Labels and their brownshirts, The RIAA. They will never concede.
We can etch the phrase on their tombstones:
"...The heyday of the 78-rpm disc was probably the 1930s, partly because of the emergence of electric recording using microphones in the mid-1920s, along with the popularity of the jukebox, which took over where the coin-operated player piano left off. It was a pay-for-play period."
Well, this statement is just flat out wrong. The "heyday" for 78's was the 1920's not the 1930's. For example, popular Victor 78's sold 20-35,000,000 discs each year during the 1920's. Because of the depression and popularity of radio, however, record sales FELL so steeply in the 1930's that it almost put the industry out of business. For example, at the high point of 1921, Victor sold 35,782,182 records - and at the low point in 1933 they sold only 1,648,214.
That said, I should point out that I DO agree with the author's overall point - if the music industry priced it's product competitively, people would buy instead of download. For them to keep coming up with more and more absurd and fascist ways to prevent the evil of music piracy is simply stupid. I know the day they finally succeed in bribing the politicians into passing a bill allowing them access to our home computers to hunt for mp3s is the day I never, EVER buy another legitimately released CD again.
posted on 09/29/2002 7:55:43 AM PDT
We are a mercantile culture
What does that mean?
I've gotta say: Regardless of how one might feel about this issue, this is just terrible journalism. Every other sentence is some sort of cliche, misuse of the english language, or totally unsupprotable assertion.
Look at the value offered by a DVD which can be purchased for $13 to $20, roughly the cost as an audio CD. You get a full-color hi-res 2 or 3 hour movie, one or two additional commentaries by the director/film editor/screenwriter/actors, additional short films about the making of the movie and its authenticity, extra deleted songs and scenes, history of the era or the people in the movie, slide shoes, additionaly soundtracks, color versions of b&w material, etc.
I rarely ever bought pre-recorded, but I have been buying up many movie and TV-series DVDs (more DVDs in the last 2 months than tapes in 20 years.) There is SIGNIFICANT added value to the DVD.
$1.40 is a bit low, but I would think a 72-minute audio-only CD would be worth maybe $5.
posted on 09/29/2002 11:00:10 PM PDT
I'd like to see the entertainment industry explain why a prerecorded DVD can be had for $8-14 (other titles up to $25 with discount, few non-boxed sets sell for more) while CDs are $13-20 each. I know what the answer is but I would like to see them justify it (it would definitely increase sales to drop CD prices).
CDs are this high because it is what the market will bear. They are trying to get the prices up higher. In the UK, CDs have run ~$16-22 for decades. In Japan CDs have run $22-30 for decades. Now that cassettes have been phased out, the companies have eliminated one of the signs that got them busted for price fixing (cassettes were more expensive to manufacture than CDs but cheaper at the retail price than CDs).
DVDs are being blown out in pricing right now to increase saturation of DVD players in people's homes and it is creating a larger market for home video purchasing. Why rent a title for $3-5 on DVD when you can own it for $8-15? Europe is experimenting with rental priced DVDs as well as sell through. Japanese DVDs are typically $50-66. Hong Kong releases can be found for $5-18 (generally under $10).
posted on 09/29/2002 11:10:30 PM PDT
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