« on: October 15, 2014, 06:38:54 AM »
Thinking of Sam's music industry blog posts, it becomes fairly clear why the CDR format is needed to keep things in print. Doing a 1,000 CD run is is expensive, but the cost per CD is surprisingly cheap. However, if you only sell up to 200 of them then that individual CD price is really 5 x as much ($6 and above). Which is very expensive per album. Which is why CDR is more cost effective for a short run ... because you only pay up front for what you expect to sell. A decent CDR (using Taiyo Yuden + insert + case) usually costs more to produce than a single pressed CD in a run of 1,000, so it isn't that CDR releases are inherently cheaper and should cost the consumer less.