In the previous post, I stated that I was not afraid to sell little plastic discs just when the entertainment industry is starting to move towards paid downloads. Given that all downloads are still free, I had a few expressions of aghast. So I thought I would qualify my thinking.
- The concept of the ‘album’. I postulate that a carefully chosen set of tunes, played in order, has more value than playing a series of ‘singles’ in a row. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and a little plastic disc can present a set of tunes as a whole.
- Ease of use. Most people who want to listen to surround sound are not _yet_ ready to hook up their computer to their surround sound system. Throwing a disc into your DVD player is far easier. I reckon this might last 2 or 3 years.
- The phsyical object. With a real-life album, you get a physical object, you get a booklet, you get some graphics, you might get a surprise gift, and you also get something that you could never get through a download (and if you know what that is please email me)
- The satisfaction of being ‘officially’ published. What self-respecting producer/recorder does not want to be officially published in DVD (or Audio CD) form? There is cache involved in official publishing.
- New room in the Audio CD space. As mainstream music distribution moves away from publishing DVD/CDs that is leaving room for the small publishers/players to fill in (that’s Anatoli’s point, I think its a good one).