visca - 9:33 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0) CD COLLECTION MP3 COLLECTION THE COMPROMISE Comments are welcome. [edited by: visca at 11:18 pm (utc) on Nov. 26, 2002]
I have a collection of close to a thousand CD's I have collected over the years. I also have a collection of downloaded MP3's, maybe around 800 specific tracks.
I can't help but notice the thousands of dollars I needed to spend getting 1, 2, 3 tracks off whole CD's because most of compilation CD's are full of filler. Storing these CD's is a nightmare, requiring actual CD storing furniture to occupy my already small condo. It was always another nightmare actually getting, if at all possible, the music I wanted. Most of the music I ever want always ends up being from somewhere else in the world. So by the time I get it, distributers; record store "IMPORTED CD" pricing, and import duties imposed on the CD's make them prohibitively expensive. Not to mention the limited selection in a local HMV or Tower is mostly pop I dont want in the first place. So if I dont have a store that caters or can even order on request the music I want, whether it be foreign music or hard to get domestic, but I can down load it off the web, I see a problem in the retail concept.
I have the exact tracks I want. I can experiment with music styles and foregin music that I would have never been able to before and even in different languages. My CD's in the car CD stacker arent 10 CD's with a combined 14 songs I like - its ONE cd with 14 songs I like because I could compose it myself. Plus it all sits neatly in my hard drive (about a gig or so, not a big deal when you look at that gallactic size of drives lately). They are all instantly accesible, no fumbling around with CD's, worrying about scratching the CD surface, etc).
Online services that provide any track from any label, internationally, for a set per track fee (example .50 - 1.00 per track) or alternatively a monthly subscription. I then compose my own CDs, and am a happy camper. The online services that offer the most wealth of tracks is the winner, the customers are all winners BECAUSE THEY ARE PAYING FOR WHAT THEY WANT. It is much better in concept countries like Japan which sell music more on a "singles" basis rather than an entire bloated album. That should be applied to the online retailing of the music. I realise there are services similar in concept like PressPlay. But they are not a winning solution as they bog down the consumer with rediculous price and download metering and the requirements of propritery software and a limited to "pop" collection of potential tracks to download.
Comments are welcome.
[edited by: visca at 11:18 pm (utc) on Nov. 26, 2002]