Saturday, October 11, 2003

ANOTHER TEST SET UP TO FAIL: New Media Age magazine is reporting that Mercury records are going to offer the Texas album as a download as an 'experiment' - you'll be able to download the whole thing and burn it onto your own CD. You can see the advantages of it for the label - much lower distribution costs, no need to store piles of albums anywhere, no over-pressings (c'mon, we all know why it's cheaper for them, yeah?). So how much are they charging for the album? GBP14.99. It's like a restaurant charging you more for corkage than if you bought the bottle of wine there. So: venal, money grubbing, twisters - why do the record labels wonder why their attempts to appeal to downloader's better natures have been laughed at?

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