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From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
> :Latest datapoint to support your argument:
> As reported in NYTimes yesterday, Forrester Research data indicates iPods are
not generating the
> iTunes sales predicted. Bottom line is each iPod sold generates about 22
iTunes song purchases. That
> means I fall right in the average. I bought two Verve out-of-print jazz
albums, hated the quality of
> the iTunes sound so much I vowed never again, and have stuck to my vow.
> BTW -- I don't think most typical iPod owners care about the sound, I think
they just have either
> friends who already ripped what they want to MP3 or they are handy with pirate
> and get their tunes that way.
> If Apple and Big Music are concerned about too small a download to iPod ratio,
then they all the
> more should embrace my idea of two-tier quality and two-tier pricing. Reduce
the price for
> mega-crunched MP4 junk to 75 cents a song and sell ALF versions (ie what
should be CD quality) for
> $1.25 a song. They may find a better bulge in their wallets than they thought,
and in the least I
> don't think the net-net would be a reduction in profits because I think they'd
sell more 75 cent
> tunes than 99 cent tunes because right now, a full album is $9.99 -- same
price Amazon or J&R or
> soon-to-be-dead Tower charge on sale for the full-fledged CD. Reduce that to
$7.50 and it suddenly
> doesn't seem such a ripoff to most people.
Well...assume that most of the "younger crowd" wouldn't recognize more accurate
sound if they stepped in a pile of it (and, given their choice of material, I'm
sure if it would, or COULD, be recognized...)!! Apple, I suspect, thinks of the
demographic as just "incidental additional sales" as opposed to a possible more
profitable market. In fact, does iTunes offer much in the way of
content (other than MOR junk...?!).
As well, there are other portable MP3 players...as well as software to convert
users' analog libraries to MP3 format...and that combination is usually a better
buy than genuine iPods and iTunes. It would be possible (outside the US, anyway)
to provide web access to many, if not most, pre-1956 recordings (pre-1957 in
17 more days!) for playing or download! Mono, yes, but...
Steven C. Barr