Music Industry

Why is Vinyl So Expensive?

I just ran into a Toronto Star article that I pretty much agree with.

Although I love the depth of analog, I now purchase the rare long play records to mount them on my walls as art and/or to find tracks that have not yet been released digitally online. And I would never think of replacing my CD collection with vinyl now because they’re way too expensive.

Yes, I can find popular and new releases (or new re-releases) for around $26 online. But many are well over $40 and some DVD-audio or Blu-Ray audio titles are cheaper.

I may indulge with a few of my very favourite albums and might buy LPs that include downloads but i’m happy with my collection for the moment.

Bestbuy Says Goodbye to Compact Discs

Billboard has claimed that Bestbuy stores will not longer carry compact discs as of July 1st, 2018 and that some American stores may continue to sell vinyl.

I suspect they may continue to sell CDs online but streaming is still taking its toll on physical and digital music sales according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

Some Re-Assuring Words From Ted Cruise

Apparently, Ted Cruise has decided to share some reassuring words on twitter :

Oh, so no internet provider in the United States will ever decide to hinder access to specific sites that didn’t pay to access their customers? No-one will ever have their access hindered to specific services unless they pay more? And no-one will ever need to file class action lawsuits, to eventually get pennies on a dollar back?

For two years AT&T has demanded Apple block Skype because they were losing long distance fees. And did they learn their lesson? Nope. They blocked Facetime on iOS devices until 2012 and joined Sprint and Verizon in 2011 to block Google Wallet.

Why exactly would history not repeat itself?

Gmail/Youtube coming back to Fire ?

Amazon has decided to sell Google Chromecast and Apple TV products again and Gmail, Youtube and Google Play users may be able to access those services through the Fire TV or the Fire tablets again. These products have re-appeared on amazon.com should be re-appearing on the Canadian site soon.

RIP Net Neutrality

The FCC has voted to end Net Neutrality in the United States with a vote of 3 to 2.

So, what now?

Well, according to a vice president at Comcast everything would be pretty much the same for their customers, making me wonder why they needed to throw the baby out with the bathwater to obtain status quo?

What exactly did net neutrality hinder really? Where are the pro-consumer explanations as to why it had to go, beyond the vague generalizations provided?

What’s to stop the internet providers from striking deals with American companies to slow access to their competitors down now? Where are the rules to protect foreign companies from protectionism?

American consumers will now be beta testing whatever comes along, on their dime, until rules are established. And by then if actions are taken against anyone via the usual class action suits, the consumer will get pennies on the dollar back.

Seriously, what exactly is the average American getting out of this?

Ontario Scalper Bill Debate

The proposed law to regulate ticket scalping and the use of bots is being debated for the last time today in the Ontario Provincial Legislature. But apparently, some ticket companies are complaining that the proposed 50% above ticket value cap will simply drive scalpers to other sites.

As an event ticket purchaser, I can reassure them that I will never go out of my way to find more expensive tickets. And quite frankly I would distrust these rather shady scalpers, as would anyone else, especially if they sold their tickets on unregulated, questionable sites.

I suspect that most of these tickets would be fake so where’s the argument against the 50% cap, really? How exactly would legitimate sites profit by selling these fake tickets?

Steps need to be taken against the utter nonsense that’s happening. And this is simply the first step.