On 25/09/2014, Tom Fine wrote:

> There are other classical recordings that fall into this niche. I've
> been told by classical folks at both UMG and Sony that almost no
> back-catalog titles can be reissued as single CDs anymore because they
> never recoup the production and manufacturing costs. So if it can't be
> fit into a box set, it likely won't be in print on CD. 

Universal issue a steady stream of single-disc or 2-disc reissues in
their Eloquence series. 

> And, there's a
> large quantity of material issued on CD in the 80s and 90s now out of
> print and likely not economically viable to be remastered for HD
> reissue. All of that material fits the niche for CD-resolution
> downloads. I'd like to see them at most line-priced with rock and jazz
> reissue CDs today, about $8 per disc of music. At that price, I think
> profits can be made all around (especially since the production costs
> were years ago and theoretically were recouped in the now-sold-out CD
> inventory). I was hoping ArkivMusic would get into this area, because
> they tried burn-on-demand CDs (which don't sell well, I note that
> Amazon has backed off that idea too). I'm also surprised that iTunes
> still doesn't sell lossless CD-resolution files. My bet is, it has to
> do with their initial agreements with the record companies ("you can't
> sell something as good as our CDs or we'll never get rid of this
> inventory on our books!"). Times are different now.
> I'm very much interested in hearing Sanderling's version of Brahms,
> but not $75 interested (price for a new copy of the CDs) or $25
> interested for lossy MP3 (Amazon price). iTunes seems to only have the
> Brahms 4th by Sanderling/Dresden, and only available in Europe, in
> lossy format, for 10 euros. Pass! I'd pay the $25, out of curiosity,
> for non-lossy downloads, especially if a PDF was included that told me
> recording details.
I would be very very reluctant to pay for files with lossy compression. 

Don Cox
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