Sunday, September 27, 2009

Music is Overpriced

OK I'm probably going to sound like a broken record cuz everyone complains about the price of music, but I'm going to complain anyway. Yesterday Jen and I took the kids to the mall, they had a stage set up so people could play Guitar Hero, it was kind of cool because they had monitors spread out on the floor so it looked like an actual band jamming and anyone could jump up and play. We stopped to watch and they were playing You Give Love a Bad Name from Bon Jovi. Being one of my favorite bands I went out and bought Guitar Hero 5 pretty much just for that song (and you get Guitar Hero Van Halen fro free when it's released later this year which I'm can't wait for).

So when I got home from the mall I had the 80's kick and I started searching my old CD's for 80's music to import to iTunes. Well I could've sworn I had all the Bon Jovi CD's but I must have never upgraded my tapes so I was tempted to buy them on iTunes. All their old albums (self titled, 7800 Fahrenheit, Slippery When Wet, and New Jersey) were priced at $8-$10. That's crazy. They're the same price as newly released albums. If they were $5 I would've probably bought their first four Albums. But I'm not paying $10 for them. The recording industry is missing the boat here, if they sold music for half price after 10 years they'd probably sell a lot more. Using Guitar Hero 5 as an example, I can understand Slippery When Wet costing $10 since demand is probably going to go up a bit but their older CD's which sold next to nothing, come on it's not the same value and therefor it should be half the price. But whatever I guess. If I had a Zune Pass I guess I could just download them all...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

yep little brother the zune pass is awesome. I've got over 2000 songs downloaded. Granted if I ever end the zune pass I'll lose them all. But it is still a great.

Thomas said...

I totally agree, music is so over priced. I know a lot of people that will argue that the musicians are just trying to make a living; therefore they have to charge money for music. But how can you justify selling music for an absurd amount, when you can just download it for free. If the music industry lowered their price for music, I believe that more people would buy music legally. If it weren’t for the internet many of these new artists would not have even been discovered. Therefore, allowing people the ability to download their music will increase their revenue. As people will go to the concerts of theses musicians where these artists make the majority of their money.

Mcburns said...

Haha, yea I agree, it costs like 20,000 dollars or something like that to completely fill an 80 gig IPOD with itunes music or something like that.

I rock a zune, with over 3k songs, and the pass is wonderfull!

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Griffon said...

Inflation, ftw.

Anonymous said...

Try downloading it for FREE (Lime Wire) (Pirate Bay) (Torrent). If you live in Canada it is legal and if not still go for it.

Turtleface said...

You know, that's my predicament. I want music and such... but there is no way I'm willing to pay for it. Not at the prices that are being demanded. I do go to used music stores and such to find what I'm looking for... it ends up being a TON cheaper. It also helps support local business in my neighborhood. Gotta support the locals right? Keep everyone employed? If music sold for less I'd be more willing to pay for it. I can't believe that they still charge as much as they do. So many of the middle men have been taken out of the whole process... fewer hands should mean lower cost. But, well... they'll charge as much as they possibly can won't they? Great... now you got me frustrated with it all... hehe...

Happy Holidays... ;-)

Turtleface said...

Hey, just a heads up. You inspired me to complain a bit about the cost of music as well. Check it out Christmas Eve and I'm in a Hotel.

crazyfirdayman said...

Hey, u are right, music is over priced and with the internet and piracy the music industry has actually encouraged illegal activists. Even if downloading were to stop in full tomorrow, there would be sources open to copying music and passing it on for a cheaper price or for free.

Guitar and gear - online said...

Depends on what the money and the profit is going to? Some musicians sell their CD for 12 USDollars and still have a hard time making a living from their music.

Other musicians sell their concert tickets at a price of about 100 USDollars, and drive a differend limo every day