Allofmp3 Doesn't Really Care If Russia Joins The WTO Or Not

from the try,-try-again dept

The US (thanks mostly to RIAA lobbyists influencing politicians) has been putting pressure on Russia to shut down the infamous Allofmp3.com as a condition of being admitted to the WTO. However, there's still the same old problem that Russian authorities don't really see Allofmp3 as violating local laws. The company itself has finally put out a statement on the matter basically saying that Russia's position in the WTO is of no concern to them, and they're just going to keep selling music as they've always done. In fact, they've picked up on the idea that all this anger over their existence is helping them on the marketing side (just as every other attempt to shut down online services has done). An Allofmp3 spokesperson is quoted as saying: "[US Trade Representative] Susan Schwab markets us so effectively -- she could already be our press secretary." They then reiterated that they're in complete compliance with Russian law, and that the complaint is really anger over them being a better, cheaper competitor.

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    Greg, 6 Oct 2006 @ 9:09pm

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    You're talking homemade CD-Rs vs. professionally pressed and produced CDs, complete with extras such as the printed booklets which, again, cannot be compared to any homemade inkjet- or even laser-printed booklets. So there is quite a difference between the two.

    Not to mention that part of the price you are paying IS for the production of the content. Studio time costs a lot of money, and home studios don't cut it for many applications. Then there's the cost of the gear, engineers, etc. You address only the raw media costs and the manufacturing of the physical product. That's not what you're paying for at all.

    I just got Invisalign braces. They're just a bunch of clear pieces of plastic -- pennies to make. Yet I paid over $5000 for them. Why is that? Well, it takes a hell of a lot of work and expertise to invent those braces and to produce those precision pieces of plastic to specifications that will gently coax my teeth over time in the right direction. I'm not just paying for the plastic.

    I agree, CDs are too expensive at $15 apiece, especially since a lot of today's bands do not put out enough quality to make a full album purchase a wise decision. About half that price, at $7 or $8, would be more like it.

    Of course, that is about what I was paying for vinyl back in the '70s and '80s. And unlike CDs or digital media, vinyl deteriorates over time and can't be as quickly copied. Not to mention inflation. So, I'm not at all surprised that CDs cost what they do these days. Not happy with it, but not surprised either.

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