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Apple sells more than 1 million songs

Discussion in 'Music' started by Marc Colella, May 5, 2003.

  1. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Well-Known Member

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    You're certainly correct on that point, although I personally don't understand the attraction.
     
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    I am hoping this has got to be Apple owners supporting the new service just because it is Apple.

     
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    I am very, very happy for Apple. They have done a great service to the music business by making more inexpensive music available and using the digital revolution to their advantage instead of randomly suing hapless college students which engenders even more cheating and animosity.

     
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    Doesn't anyone else find that to be rather expensive? It'll be like $11 once tax and a CD-R is figured in to the price, that's only a few bucks less than a CD costs at the store, and then I get nice packaging too.

    But it's nice that more services like these are coming.
     
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    Yeah 99 cents for a song sounds like a better deal, even though the price per song is higher that way in some cases. Unfortunately, they don't offer all album songs for sale individually, so you'll once again be forced to pay for a whole album or download the song somewhere else in some cases.
     
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    .99 cents does seem a little high, but you have to remember -you pay for exactly what you want.

    .99 cents per song doesn't seem so high when it costs you $13 to have a CD with only 2 good songs (averaging $6-$7 for each song you want). The average consumer gets more value with a service like this - and they either won't notice the sacrifice in sound quality, or just won't care.

    The market will dictate whether the price is too high in the long run. It can easily drop to .50 cents per song down the road.
    Plus, I would imagine that we will see "sales" every once in a while and promotions that reduce the price significantly.

    200,000 songs seems like alot, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The record labels will see how successful this is and start up their own service no doubt. More and more CD/DVD players will offer MP3 compatability and portable MP3 devices will take off even more.

    I found this quote to be quite impressive:

     
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    Wasn't the reincarnation of Napster supposed to have happened a while ago? I really can't see the new service lasting that long, especially when any person can get the songs for free!!!!! It's new and Apple users wanted to try it out. The real test is where it will be one year from now and when I look into the crystal ball, the answer is nowhere to be seen. There are plenty of arguments to be made on both sides but here is what I see happening if the service is successful. Retail stores will be hit hard!!! Think about it. I download an album for my iPod. Why in the hell would I spend another 11 or 12 bucks buying the cd all over again? People will stop buying cd's when they have to pay for mp3's. The sad fact is that people don't really care about quality just like they hate those black bars on their tv's. I know the music industry only cares about the money so the retail stores would be the victims of all this. The way I see it is that the music industry is desperate to make money off of a technology that they hoped they could control. But they couldn't control it and now they're playing catch-up. And they're using Apple to help them. I don't blame them for trying this. In fact, I'd probably do the same thing. This is all juat my opinion though. Feel free to disagree.
     
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    Does anyone know if Apple's service include allowing the download of cover art?
     
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    And this will mark the final nail in the coffin of decent music having any commercial viability. It's bad enough currently, with "single" minded execs pushing computers to analyze files for "hit worthiness"-- when the market then allows you to completely disregard an album as a work or "whole" we will see this single oriented industry get worse.

    And bands with a more "album" oriented style will pretty much evaporate from popular consumption.

    Not good, not good at all.

    -V
     
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    Interesting, the end of the album. I hadn't thought of that. It's a paradigm of older generations. Kids will never know the art they will be missing.

     

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