Just thought I would post this. This is proof that when I download a CD or whatever from the Internet and I like it then I buy it.
I recently downloaded Lana Del Rey’s latest album and I loved it. So I bought it.
I might never break the shrink-wrap on this CD (you maybe can’t tell but it is still in the shrink-wrap) because I have a perfectly good 320 kbps MP3 copy already, but I do now own a copy of the CD.
I will just add a quick compliment to the amazing Pentax K-5 used to take this picture. This was taken at ISO 1600 using f5.6 with a ‘shutter speed’ of 1/50th. The focal point is on the bottom of the second “A” in Lana and the camera is about 12” from the focal point at about a 45 degree angle with the lens at 36mm. CFD (compact fluorescent) lighting in the roof is the only lighting. Anyone who knows anything about photography will realise that the K-5 has done an amazing job of this.
I have used the in-camera JPG for this picture (and not the RAW). The only post processing was to set the black and whites (which one should do with EVERY picture), crop the image down, and to resize it to fit my posting width.
Frigging awesome. I love this camera.
Update Edit … 5:53 p.m. >>>
I just thought I would add another thought on this. Back when CDs took over from vinyl records, which would have been around around the early 80s I think, they were about $30 each with current releases being about $32 to $35. I should know—I bought enough of them back then. ‘Junk’ compilation CDs were about $22.
As you can see from picture above this ‘just released’ CD by Lana Del Rey was $14.99 from JB Hi Fi today (5th Feb 2012).
So basically CDs have just about halved in their absolute price since they first came out.
On top of this when you consider that in that 30 years the average income has increased by about 80 percent is there really any reason why everyone should not pay for CDs they like? When you factor in the absolute 50 percent price reduction plus the effect of the 80 percent increase in people’s purchasing power the relative cost of new release CD today is around about $8.30—in relative terms.