MSE News: Music buying: can CDs be cheapest?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Music MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Music MoneySaving
This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

"Downloading tracks is not always the cheapest way to buy music, research shows ..."

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  • brightonman123brightonman123 Forumite
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    hmm. 29p for a single, x 12 for an album = £3.48..

    still prefer cd's myself. something to hold, show off, swap, maybe even sell..

    cant really do that (easily? legally??) with digital stuff..?
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  • I've been wondering for a while: what's the legal situation if you buy a CD, load it onto your MP3 player and later sell the CD?
    import this
  • ShedrockShedrock Forumite
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    Guy_Anker wrote:
    The internet, which has revolutionised how we buy music in terms of price and access, is still the cheapest method overall.
    Although it's tantamount to illegal downloading, in that no money winds up in the songwriters/copyright holders pockets, I buy the vast majority of my music secondhand because it's almost always the cheapest option. The last pre-owned album I purchased cost me £1.00, whereas the mp3 version costs £4.99 and the brand new CD costs £8.00.
    No expenditure is questioned, no rumour is printed, no secret is revealed.

    There's nothing you can do from way over there and, besides, you wouldn't recognise me. People look so different in 3D. You would look so different in 3D. You won't even know who I am.
  • I prefer CDs over downloads anytime. If your laptop or computer gets stolen, the insurer will only pay for the computer. They have no clue or idea how you can prove that to had your stolen laptop full of paid MP3 files.
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  • hmm. 29p for a single, x 12 for an album = £3.48..

    still prefer cd's myself. something to hold, show off, swap, maybe even sell..

    cant really do that (easily? legally??) with digital stuff..?


    I just love something to hold! Also i love cover art (even though most cover art is rubbish nowadays) and being able to read the notes inside. I must be one of the few who still buys vinyl!
  • ckerrdckerrd Forumite
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    laurel7172 wrote: »
    I've been wondering for a while: what's the legal situation if you buy a CD, load it onto your MP3 player and later sell the CD?

    The legal position is that you should delete the MP3 files as you no longer own the original
    We all evolve - get on with it
  • It's rare that I find an official download that is cheaper than purchasing the physical item from an online reseller, especially when you include discount codes & vouchers.

    I tend to listen to bands on MySpace to see if I like 'em, then buy the CD. If for some reason after purchasing the CD I find that I'm not liking that artists as much as hoped, I'll re-sell the CD on eBay to recoup some costs & then invest that in something else.

    I do fail to delete the MP3's from my iTunes afterwards, but I never buy a CD only to deliberately rip & then re-sell. I think that's a sad situation to be in.
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    reduxredux Forumite
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    edited 2 February 2010 at 8:28PM
    The last CD I bought came direct from the artist, ordered on his website

    It doesn't exist on the Tunechecker or Megashopbot

    Well, it only had a 4 * review by a couple of the music magazines last summer

    Almost the same applies to the next 2 CDs I might buy, though just Amazon does manage to have one of them for over £13 and the other over £52, compared to $10 + $6 or $8.50 int'l postage off the band's own website
  • brightonman123brightonman123 Forumite
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    ckerrd wrote: »
    The legal position is that you should delete the MP3 files as you no longer own the original

    like thats stopped anyone,, lol (elder relatives often had vinyl record swap parties, 'back in the day'..)

    whether the then took it back for exchange / refund, they never said ;-)
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  • ckerrdckerrd Forumite
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    laurel7172 asked what the legal position was - now they know.
    We all evolve - get on with it
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