Tuesday, September 25, 2007

AnywhereCD

Michael Robertson wrote about his business failure - AnywhereCD.

Even though his article is an interesting read (and I kind of like the idea of paying for an album once, having immediate access to the purchased music in the form of mp3s, while I'm waiting for the CD to arrive in the mail) - why do people (and record labels) still think that $15 and more is a reasonable price to ask for a CD?

The last CD I bought was Year Zero, and I think it cost me roughly EUR 17 (about USD 23). To me, this is definitely the best album in all of 2007 - probably the only innovative album (that I know of) in ages. What I'm saying is, I think it is worth $15 or more.

But I'd rather reward the artist for producing something I appreciate, and not a record label. It costs next to nothing to have CDs manufactured these days. Yet, they are much more expensive than many years ago, when it cost much more to manufacture them.

There are several ways this could work in the (near?) future: Artists could sell their music themselves. Labels could offer the customers to choose how much money within a certain range should go to the artist. I'm sure many other people have much better ideas than these.

$15 for a CD which costs 2-3 bucks (or less) to manufacture, with maybe $1 going to the artist, and the rest to the label?

I don't think so.

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