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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.
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