Old 4th September 2003, 13:08   #1
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CD Price Cut To Compete With Pirates

The world's largest record company, Universal Music Group, has admitted defeat at the hands of 'pirates' like KaZaa. Staring next month, they will dramatically cut the prices of music CDs by a third, meaning CDs could sell for under $10 (£6).


UMG President, Zach Horowitz said 'Our research shows that the sweet spot is to sell our records below $12.98'. 'This will in******te the music market in North America," said UMG's chief executive,Doug Morris.


The Vivendi owners also announced the end of retailer discounts & retailer advertising sponsorship in favour of direct marketing.'The most important thing we can do to encourage people to go back into stores is to reduce our prices dramatically'.


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Old 4th September 2003, 15:25   #2
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Hooray! It's about damned time someone quit griping and started listening to us audiophiles! If I don't have to pay more than $10 for a CD, I might just start buying them again!

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They announced best sales ever for albums in the UK this year - precisely because they've been doing 3 for 2 offers etc., and pricing them more reasonably.

Piracy is actually a good thing (see my previous posts), because it creates competition, thus forcing prices down. You only to have to look to a console like the N64, where the lack of piracy means new games originally came out at £50....
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Old 5th September 2003, 00:03   #4
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Finally a step in the right direction. Hope the other record companies follow suit.
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yeah i'll buy
bout fuckin time those bitched did this
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Old 5th September 2003, 02:31   #6
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EMI is doing it too.
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Old 5th September 2003, 03:05   #7
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PErsonally I do not think this will stop the 'pirates'?

After all they can never be cheaper than a blank cd/dvd with albums on.

True they are too high but we have entered the next generation of INternet users where people now EXPECT this to be free (rather than want and hope in the post)

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After all they can never be cheaper than a blank cd/dvd with albums on.


Maybe not, considering that you still have to buy a pack of CDs for which to burn them to, and they cost a good 10-15 dollars for twenty at Wal-Mart, so, it still beats that. I think it's good that they finally realized to do this.
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However, most people will find it easier to just buy a CD for a fair price than searching for albums on the internet. Or so I expect.
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At least CD prices are dropping but...


It's very hard to find Japanese artists that are not in the US (Seki Tomokazu, Megumi Hayashibara, T.N. Revolution)..and when I do find them..they are always expensive. So I just download them..It's easier that way.

I cant seem to find T.N Revolution ANYWHERE!!! I think its because its a new band in Japan...I can only find MIDI's for it. =[
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and as far as downloading MP3's go, corruption is a mother fucker
if you have a 56k or less(i use to), it takes at least a good hour to get ONE mp3
then you check it,FUCKED!
another hour, almost done......DISCONNECT!!!!!!
if its a REASONABLE price, it is well worth the lack of aggervation
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I have 56k..yes the songs take awhile to download..but usually they only take about 15 minutes for one song to download..

I have no money to buy japanese CD's..they are too expensive to get.
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However, most people will find it easier to just buy a CD for a fair price than searching for albums on the internet. Or so I expect.
Currently, yes, especially for rare stuff. However p2p technology has improved drastically over the years and, unabated, we can only expect it will become more efficient: Higher quality at lower size, bundled artwork and lyrics, reduced corruption, higher speeds and searches, etc. Even now BitTorrent links will download an entire album with literally one single click.

No price is cheaper than free. This won't stop file sharing.

I personally think rampant suing is probably their best bet but even that won't work. They don't really have any viable options. Unless free p2p is eliminated the music industry will collapse, a premonition I thoroughly support.

They say if you play a Microsoft CD backwards you hear satanic messages. That's nothing, if you play it forwards it installs Windows.
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However, most people will find it easier to just buy a CD for a fair price than searching for albums on the internet. Or so I expect.

I have to agree with you on that one. Sometimes it is easier to get the CD, I'm stuck with 56K (I keep getting hte service for free ), so downloading is a pain. I've found a band recently that I've come to like a lot more since I could sample some of their songs on P2P, so, guess what? When I have some extra cash, I'll buy one of their CDs.
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