Seems I'm not the only one to think that $.99 is just way too much. An average album has anywhere from 8 to 20 tracks (yes, there are albums with 20 or even more tracks) so it would cost 8 to 20 dollars just to download it. On the other hand an average price for the same album at Wallmart/BB/Borders/whatever would be 10 to 15 dollars which is about the same if not less than you would have paid for downloading it. However if you download the album you won't get fancy case, fancy artwork and 5-10 page booklet with it and I don't even mention that downloaded music most likely will be compressed with some lame mp3 codec and will sound worse than the actual CD, so who in hell would want to pay the same price for less? It almost seems that all of this is just an elaborate plan to make us pay more for nothing. Think about it. First you think of a brilliant idea - let's make our songs available for download for some fee. Second you get rid of competitors, in this case nicely examplified by RIAA sueing p2p networks as well as end users. By doing this you are not only getting rid of competitors but also force public to force you to legitimize the process where customer pays for downloading a song. It's brilliant, don't you think? You make public do all the work. Third, seemingly under the pressure from the puclic, you relactantly agree to make such a system, you tell them it costs millions and is marginally profitable (as some ppl here seem to think) but you do it anyway. You fool public into thinking that they made a difference, that they forced recording industry to create such service where you pay for downloading a song. But who profits from it? Music industry of course, not us. It costs nothing to create such service compared the all the savings on cases, artwork printing, pressing CDs and transporting the finished product to its destination. And the public bloated with a sense of accomplishment fails to notice they've been tricked. Brilliant, just brilliant... I'm not against paying for downloading songs. I would pay for them but only if the terms are acceptable, and that includes: 1.The price should be reasonable, $.25-.50 for a song is a reasonable price. $.99 is a ripoff compared to all the savings music industry gets. 2.The download speeds should be decent. 3.All the artwork and booklets should also be available for download for no additional fee. 4.Most important the music should be available in a lossless format such as monkey audio, not some lame 128Kbps mp3/WMA/OGG.
[edited by thyfleshconsumed on 21.08.2003 18:45]
[edited by thyfleshconsumed on 21.08.2003 18:46]