Originally posted by joex444
[B]Damnit, I'm a dumbass....
I should have included two more options:
UNCOMPRESSED SONGS (WAV)
LOSSLESS SONGS (FLAC, APE, etc) [/B]
Personally I think it is far to pay for things. There are, however, several points that have to be taken into account.
- I pay for a CD because I think the artist(s) did a good job and deserve to get paid for it.
- I pay for the CD because I then know I have good quality (both as for sound as well as for the material used)
- I pay for it so I don't have to go through extra trouble (such as buying CD-Rs, burn it on my PC and create/download/copy the covers)
- I pay for it because it is the right thing to do (bot legally and morally)
Taking into account the above, I don't mind paying for music per song, granted that I should be given the opportunity to listen to it first and decide that it is worth the money. Paying per song seems fair, but I don't like to pay ahead for a large amount of songs (let's say 100), that I may never download, simply because I don't know if they'll have that amount of songs I think are worth paying for.
Then the issue of quality. This has to be weighed, because lossless quality comes at a big filesize and thus long transfer time and high transfer cost. Who knows, I might not even hear the difference between WAV and a LAME encoded VBR high quality MP3, but simply knowing I didn't get the best quality possible is a downside.
As for the price, it should be in line with the quality and hassle offered. Good quality may cost more than lower quality. But we also have to take into account that additional materials are necessary to make it a product that can be played in any CD player.
I am willing to pay for downloaded music if the quality is good and the price is fair. As long as it is not more expensive to download the music and burn it on CD than it is to buy the CD in the stores, it is a fair price (doesn't necessarily have to be less, because you now have the flexibility to select only those songs you're interested in and not the shabby songs they put on it to fill up empty space).
Just my long story