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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


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Music Hunter" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 12:58 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] [MLA-L] Future of CDs


>I think that some/many in the general public have moved to downloads but
> fortunately our library sales are still very strong.
>
> I have a 24 year old daughter that used to ask me to get her CDs very often
> but not so for the past couple of years. I think that she has only asked for
> 1 CD so far in 2014.
>
> Jay
>
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>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Griscom [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 11:29 AM
> To: MLA-L
> Subject: [MLA-L] Future of CDs
>
> The CD might not be dying anytime soon, but there is clearly a trend away
> from the purchase of physical objects toward the purchase of digital
> downloads:
>
> http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/5901188/cd-alb
> um-sales-fall-behind-album-downloads-is-2014-the
>
> Dick
>
> -- 
> Richard Griscom
> Head, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and          office 215/898-3450
>  Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center
> Interim Head, Fisher Fine Arts Library            office 215/573-4635
> University of Pennsylvania                 Philadelphia PA 19104-6206
>
>