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drone on

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Eighteen bucks for a download?
« on: February 12, 2013, 04:12:40 PM »
An artist in the "rock" category I greatly admire has a Bandcamp store now and is charging USD $18.00 for a single-album download.  If you want to order a CD it is $20 plus $10 shipping to the US.  $30 for one CD is quite steep, IMO. 

Some fans are grumbling over this, not just me. 

Even though as just a listener it's not up to me to decide how much an artwork is "worth," considering the wide range of available downloads averaging at the $10 price, do you think $18 is a bit excessive?  At this point I don't really want to pay that much for a "file" and also don't want to pay $30 for one CD.  BTW, the newest release (in fact the last few) are only available on the artist's Bandcamp site, not iTunes or other platforms. 

Any thoughts?   

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Re: Eighteen bucks for a download?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2013, 05:03:25 PM »
Where are they shipping it from?
http://soundcloud.com/phobos-2
http://phobos.bandcamp.com/
http://phobos-ambient.moonfruit.com/
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Re: Eighteen bucks for a download?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 08:20:19 PM »
Ships from Australia.  Rather not say who it is, but they're pretty well known down under...

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Re: Eighteen bucks for a download?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 05:31:30 AM »
Ah, had it been a UK artist then I could have seen about getting it for you and shipping it across, which may have worked out cheaper.
http://soundcloud.com/phobos-2
http://phobos.bandcamp.com/
http://phobos-ambient.moonfruit.com/
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Re: Eighteen bucks for a download?
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2013, 07:29:01 AM »
Most of the FAX label releases are almost $20 from iTunes.. a bit high for just plain MP3s..

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Re: Eighteen bucks for a download?
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2013, 05:02:48 AM »
Ive seen classical "audiophile" files  for this much but the files are 24bit / 96k and upwards.  They must be trying to push the cd's and put off potential paying downloaders.  Still, look at how much you save in shipping if you downloaded.  ;)