not long ago that iTunes is now the largest music seller -- Apple announced in September that iTunes had sold 3 billion downloads since
it started selling music. The massive move from hard copies of music to digital
downloads has the record companies looking to sell its own digital singles.
Rather than offer the digital singles as downloads like
iTunes, Universal Music announced that it would begin to release its singles on
USB flash drives this month in an attempt to gain more sales volume. One reason
Universal wants to stay with a physical product rather than a digital download is
that the retail margins are better on physical copies of music.
The first digital tracks to be released from Universal will
be from Keane on October 29 and Nicole, the lead singer of the Pussycat
Dolls. The USB singles will retail in the UK for about $10 USD. A CD
single of the same tune retails for about $6 USD.
Universal UK’s commercial director Brian Rose told The Times Online UK that, “This is
aimed at the younger, 12 to 24 year olds, who no longer believe that the CD is
as cool as it used to be.” Many music fans in that age group won’t be swayed to
a new digital format that is more expensive and less convenient than a digital
quote: “This is aimed at the younger, 12 to 24 year olds, who no longer believe that the CD is as cool as it used to be.”
quote: Same here - never - not even once across all the CDs I've played and all the cars I've played them in. It's totally a non-issue.
quote: ...don't you carry your computer around with you everywhere?
quote: USB music singles = WORST idea I have seen in ages...
quote: Let's see what my legal options are....1. I can pay $0.99 for a song online which I can then put on my own usb stick or cd.2. I can pay $6 for a cd single that I can still rip and put on my own usb drive.3. I can pay $10 for a single on a usb drive.4. I can pay $10-15 for a full cd of songs, from which I can still rip songs and place on my own USB drive.
quote: Technically, ripping music from a CD, or burning a download is illegal. Just mentioning that.
quote: Pariser believes in a very broad definition of stealing that is echoed by many supporters in the RIAA. She believes that users who buy songs are entitled to one, and only one copy. Burning CDs is just another name for stealing, in her mind. "When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Making "a copy" of a purchased song is just "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy'.