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Old 11-23-2010, 04:00 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default Physical CD Prices Now Lower Than Digital Downloads?

<p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//dht/auto/1290302842.usr1.png" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>I'm starting to see a pattern emerge with more frequency when it comes to physical CD prices versus digital downloads: the purely digital versions of songs, when packaged in album form, are more costly than the physical CD. It doesn't happen all the time, but today I found it twice: once, with the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/dp/ref=pe_71760_17659790_pe_07/B004B4ROJG" target="_blank">Lee Dewyze album</a> shown above, and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Glee-The-Music-Volume-4/dp/B004BH5U3A/ref=dm_ap_alb6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1290302895&amp;sr=1-1" target="_blank">Glee Volume 4</a> album. In both cases, the physical CD is $2 less. This makes me think that record companies are willing to make less profit on physical disc sales in order to prop up falling sales, but I wonder what it says about us as consumers - is it worth paying more for the instant gratification? Or is it more that buying a physical disc and ripping it is a hassle and it's easier to stick to being purely digital? I wish Amazon offered Amazon Prime in Canada, because then there'd be no shipping costs and I'd easily select the physical disc option every time.</p><p>What about you? Do you still prefer to own a physical CD, or is it worth it to pay slightly more in order to have the instant gratification of a physical download?</p>
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