You may well be technically correct, but I know that in practice, downloads get "shared" all over
the place. Any attempts at ownership-verification, watermark enforcement or any other mechanisms to
prevent any but the most brazen "sharing" have failed and invoked the ire of consumers. That said,
given what we discussed about the fragility of hard drive, vulnerability of "cloud" storage, you
sure own something more substantial when you buy a physical CD.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stewart Gooderman" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:35 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] [MLA-L] Future of CDs
> Am I wrong in this? It's my understanding that downloads do not represent property. I can purchase
> a CD, then sell it to a friend or a second hand business, but I can't do the same with a download,
> even if I remove all traced of it from my possessions.
> It's this perception that makes me continually by CDs rather than downloads (putting aside sound
> quality for the moment.)
> Stewart Gooderman aka DrG
> On May 16, 2014, at 10:16 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> To my thinking, lossy downloads are the dumbest example of foolish over-paying for alleged
>> "convenience." Only someone very mentally inept can't learn how to rip CDs into iTunes if they
>> want to put the music on their devices. Meanwhile, CDs often cost less than the album price at
>> iTunes (not always the case with Amazon, which generally has lower pricing for downloads). I'm OK
>> in some cases to pay half or less CD pricing for 256 or 320kbps lossy files, but I have never
>> paid a penny for 128kbps, and I only pay for the less-lossy versions when the CD is either
>> unavailable or ridicu-priced. Fair pricing to me is: $5 or less per album for lossy (256 or
>> 320kbps) downloads, minus album art; $5-10 for a real-deal manufactured CD with a real-deal case
>> and booklet; $10-15 per album for 96/24 or 192/24 downloads including a PDF of the CD booklet.
>> The market right now generally provides that kind of pricing for CDs, but not for either lossy or
>> high-rez downloads, so I buy mostly CDs right now.
>> -- Tom Fine