« on: April 23, 2009, 12:58:36 PM »
I don't have a problem with #1, and could see how it might be a form of indirect advertising. I think there is danger that putting too many restrictions on what consumers can do with their music may ultimately backfire by leading to even more declining sales (e.g., the DRM debacle). I agree, though, that it is a trade-off in that having more used copies of your CD circulating around may ultimately put a dent in your CD sales. Still, I think the greater risk of lost sales comes from the circulation of unauthorized digital copies.
I am fortunate that there are great record stores in the Bay Area like Amoeba, and still like go there to look for obscure CDs. I think it's somewhat impractical to expect someone to hang onto a CD if they only like/want to keep a single track or two (and/or dislike the actual packaging). Also, what if they simply want to throw the CD away and go digital?