Surprises

by Mike Masnick




Music Industry Experimenting By Adding Extras

from the aha!--finally! dept

It really did take them quite a while, but it looks like folks in the recording industry are at least trying to experiment with the idea of adding extras to the CDs they sell. Part of the reason DVDs have sold so well is the "extras" you get with the DVD that make it worth buying. One big example is a CD from the band P.O.D. which is coming with a ton of extras - including a Playstation2 game, a DVD documentary, trading cards and access to more unreleased music online. Plenty of other bands are experimenting with putting "extras" on their albums, and apparently the current top six albums all have some sort of extras on the CD. Now, the question is how long will it be until a music label realizes that promoting the actual music online for free - along with the knowledge that buying the album will get you certain extras - will actually help them make more money. Sure, some people are buying the albums for the actual music, but as it gets easier and easier to get music online for free, the record labels can shift their focus, and point out that the music is really a promotion for those other things.

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    Michael M, 6 Oct 2003 @ 4:21am

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    I don't think this will work in the long run. If movies were available online for free, DVDs would have trouble selling as well as they do.

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      None, 6 Oct 2003 @ 7:12am

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      Movies are not available online for free? It sounds like you have a lot of reading/research to do.

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      Anonymous Coward, 6 Oct 2003 @ 10:01am

      Re: No Subject Given

      Hell, I haven't bought Porn DVD's since the inception of P2P software. Come to think of it, I haven't bought any type of DVD because I can download just about anything I want with P2P software.

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    Hanah Metchis, 6 Oct 2003 @ 9:14am

    Free Extras?

    What's to stop the promotional extras on the CD from making their way to P2P programs too? If the song can be ripped and uploaded, the promotional video can be.

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    Joe Schmoe, 6 Oct 2003 @ 9:16am

    Ok, but

    Extras are cute, but I absolutely detest media discs (music, DVD) that have auto-loading installs when one happens to pop the disc into a PC. These folks rank among the lowest on the list that I want to have software created by f#cking my harddrive...

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