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kaldaniels
01-23-2009, 11:02 PM
http://www.bmgmusic.com/

I've been one of those who joins,quits,joins,quits........

I've always wondered why they didn't go to a straight ala carte low price format, as their new site does.

macro
01-23-2009, 11:44 PM
My question is why are they still selling CDs instead of downloads? Is there really still a market for CDs?

KronoRed
01-24-2009, 12:57 AM
Wow, I built my entire cd collection for ages 12-18 by ordering then "moving away".

So many memories of free cd's I ordered just because the covers looked good :D

camisadelgolf
01-24-2009, 06:54 AM
I have over 2,000 CDs, and I think close to 20% of them came from the BMG CD Club (most of them were paid for, though).

reds1869
01-24-2009, 11:18 AM
My question is why are they still selling CDs instead of downloads? Is there really still a market for CDs?

I still buy CDs. I'm a musician and a bit of an audiophile; mp3 sound quality is terrible. To some people it doesn't matter (like my wife, who is also a musician but doesn't hear a difference), but to some like myself it does. There will always be a place for physical media until lossless sound files are the rule for downloads.

camisadelgolf
01-24-2009, 12:41 PM
I think the quality of digital audio, in general, is crap. Maybe it makes me a snob, but I buy only vinyl unless the band has no alternative available. If I don't have either, I download high-quality mp3s, which are often just as good as CDs.

deltachi8
01-24-2009, 12:41 PM
A good friend of mine is a singer/song writer and one of my absolute favorite lyrics he wrote is:

"I'll never pay for the dozen CDs from BMG music club..."

macro
01-24-2009, 05:49 PM
I still buy CDs. I'm a musician and a bit of an audiophile; mp3 sound quality is terrible. To some people it doesn't matter (like my wife, who is also a musician but doesn't hear a difference), but to some like myself it does. There will always be a place for physical media until lossless sound files are the rule for downloads.

I hadn't considered that. Now that I think about it, I've got a friend who refuses to store MP3s on his computer. Instead, he has multiple external hard drives full of music in it's native format, because he has the equipment and the ears to know the difference.

The Baumer
01-24-2009, 07:28 PM
If you listen with good headphones or speakers most mp3s are horrendous (320kbps sounds pretty good though). I found this out firsthand when I bought a pair of nice Seinheisers. I thought they were defective because I could hear the distortion and rattling from the sound compression.

Unassisted
01-24-2009, 08:39 PM
Sign of the times. I still remember when my parents got 8-track tapes from BMG's predecessor, the Columbia Record and Tape club.

macro
01-25-2009, 01:10 AM
Sign of the times. I still remember when my parents got 8-track tapes from BMG's predecessor, the Columbia Record and Tape club.

I remember my neighbor getting 8-tracks from the RCA Club and also from Columbia House, which were the competing companies for that market. I recall that RCA had the easier terms to fulfill, but Columbia had some titles that RCA didn't. My first membership was with RCA and I bought LPs.

919191
01-25-2009, 01:34 AM
I hadn't considered that. Now that I think about it, I've got a friend who refuses to store MP3s on his computer. Instead, he has multiple external hard drives full of music in it's native format, because he has the equipment and the ears to know the difference.

Everything I have -mostly live shows-is either flac or wav, both on my hard drives, and my mp3 player. I guess I shouldn't even call it an mp3 player.

JayBruceFan
01-25-2009, 02:25 AM
Hey I still have 2 free CDs coming my way, from an offer I did 3 years ago

Wonder why they went out of business.................

919191
01-25-2009, 02:33 AM
My wife was employed at Columbia House for several years. At one time it was a really good job to have. They had an employee store that sold returns and items with torn wrapping and damaged boxes on the cheap. $5.00 Cds. Dvds for 7 bucks. Boxed sets that retailed for up to maybe $200 dollars off the shelf were from $10.00 up to $30.00. I would buy them and sell them on Ebay. I bet I sold 25 or 30 boxed sets of 10 Cds of Led Zeppelin and Billie Holliday for anywhere between $75.00 and %175.00. They cost me 30 bucks. And I sold many many boxed DVD sets of TV shows Like CSI for around 40, and they cost me 7.

Maybe I put Columbia House out of business.