I agree with what you're saying. However, there are caveats to digital music. Quality is worse than CDs (you can rip CDs with xact copy and have better sound, http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/).
The term "buy" and "own" in the context of digital downloads is not really correct. You have to explicitly (rather than implicitly with CDs) agree with draconian licensing terms which effectively say that the licensing body can revoke your purchases for any reason at any time. You're really "renting" the music.
Finally, you can't sell used mp3s after you tire of them, as you can with CDs. I have found that I buy a lot of music used for about $5 an album. For that, I get perfect audio quality and physical proof of ownership.
Having said that, buying and ripping albums is very inconvenient. Hence, I have also purchased many songs on amazon cloud and enjoy the ease and convenience of it all
You know, people always mention the quality difference. I've never met someone who doesn't consider themselves a real audiophile who can hear the difference. I grew up playing instruments, I DJed weddings for years......I can't hear the difference between an mp3 and a CD. I understand why there must be some difference (compression), but I can't hear it.
As for the "renting" your music thing.....I've also heard a lot of people mention that, but I'm always like, "huh?". I don't get that. I guess maybe if you only keep your music in the cloud they could take it away....but how are they going to take away my music if I've downloaded it to my computer? I download all of the mp3's I buy to an external hard drive. I'm not renting that. I'll have them forever.
You're absolutely right about the selling part. But as more and more people get used to buying the mp3's, the number of people who will still buy your used CDs is going to continue to dwindle anyway. Sure, there will probably be some people holding onto CDs for a long, long time -- just like there are still some who buy vinyl. But clearly not enough to support too many record stores anymore. I'd say that within about 5 years, most CDs won't have much of any real resale value, either.
And, like you said, ripping them is just inconvenient in this age where we want everything done in half a second or less. However, a growing number of CDs that you buy on Amazon come with the mp3's already put in your cloud player. That was great this Christmas as a couple of family members had me buy CDs for people for them on Amazon (people who don't shop online) and now I have a bunch of extra mp3's for albums I didn't even buy. Win-win!
The one thing about digital content that is ridiculous is the inability to pass it on when you die legally. That's ridiculous. That said, I don't know anyone who wouldn't just pass on their computer or anyone who is going to go and delete all of dad's mp3's when he's gone. So it's kind of a moot point.
You know, now that music is reasonably priced, I end up buying a LOT more of it than I ever did. I'm glad the music industry finally got around to offering reasonably-priced albums in digital format.....and then Amazon got around to slashing the prices on them. As a poor college student I wasn't interested in paying for what I could get for free....but as an adult, I'm happy to pay $3-5 for a decent album in digital format rather than pirating it somewhere. At $15-18 for a lot of CD's 15 years ago, they were getting $0 from me for music purchases. Now I buy a few albums a month.....thumbs up for that. I know this is all nothing "new"......just wanted to comment on it.
Anyone try to use the $3 credit on a different MP3 purchase? Not really feeling their selection.
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Mine's still being processed, too. I've had this happen before when applying the promo credits. I think they spend the extra time to make sure the credit gets applied correctly.
I did post the Tweet but I immediately deleted the Tweet. They applied the credit to my account and I waited until that credit appeared before purchasing an MP3 album (The '70s #1s compilation). I don't think there's a set amount of time the Tweet has to be displayed to receive the credit.
Thanks, I edited my post to reflect that. Sorry you got charged!
It's fine. I figured there was around a 75% chance I'd get charged, but the thought that I could get $3 for any mp3 per Amazon account was a bit tempting. =P Beside, I wanted to know just for the heck of it... haha. Thanks for editing the post.; I was afraid others would try what you suggested because it's the first post of the thread.
Great social media tool + terrible logic. Useless post.
Almost always with deals like this, they process it for a while, but the savings eventually come off and you'll get an email.
I did get a confirmation email overnight. My experience with Amazon has usually been much faster for processing the digital orders so this had me slightly worried. I was able to combine the Facebook and Twitter discounts to lower the cost of the album to $1.99.
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