The Cost of Music


Set 13 2007, 0:28

I would buy more than twice as much music, if it was half the price.

And I'm sure I'm not alone.

But the price is probably just right. Pitched by marketing experts to sell music as a quality product. Suggesting there is more value embodied in the product than just a scarred plastic case, a scatter of light artwork and pamphlets, and a fragile, heinously plain disc.

But the problem with music is its value grows with time. The asking price may turn out to be expensive, or an absolute bargain.

Music to treasure forever. That's what we all hope for as we tentatively turn the sleeve in our hands. Willing the way the music will make us feel to become apparent there and then between the many racks of the retail store.


  • mxcl

    I could have written more, but I liked the way this flowed. Like everyone here, I haven't bought a CD in that manner for years. Nowadays recommendations flow from everywhere, services and friends. Sampling music is trivial. The CDs I buy, I love. Yet in a way I still savour the undiscovered disc. The album I have only an inkling of an idea of what it contains. Packaged treasure. Or next years Christmas gift for my least favourite relatives. I won't know unless I pick it up, pay, and package it up for the journey home.

    Set 13 2007, 0:37
  • Babs_05

    I still buy myself a surprise. You're right, there's nothing like the sense of hope and anticipation. I could download, true, but it's not the same. There's no getting stuck in traffic on the way home to add to the delay, or it getting stuck in the post. It happened recently when I bought [i]Boxer[/i]. I'd only heard a couple of tracks, hadn't heard of The National before, decided to give it a go and ordered it from Amazon. I had to wait ages! Weeks! I deliberately didn't check it out online, I wanted to hear it the proper way. (I love it). If albums were more affordable, or if I had more disposable income, I'd definitely buy more. On the other hand, there's something to be said for holding back, just buying the bare minimum, and really getting to know them. I don't consider monetary value when I buy, I just let time give them sentimental meaning. Times, places, people, that sort of thing. But now you've got me thinking what my little stash might be worth, lol! : )

    Set 13 2007, 1:03
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