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Old 04-11-2013, 11:46 PM   #1
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CDs for MP3s

Where do you guys fall on this debate? My band is talking about hitting the studio to do a 3 song EP, and we're discussing whether to print a run of CDs, but we're wondering if it's even worth it, considering all the music hosting websites out there.

Part of me thinks there's still something intangible about having a physical object that people can hold, which will make our band more memorable. On the other hand, the way people consume music has changed drastically - a free download could be just as effective.
What do you guys think?
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:36 AM   #2
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Well I think you should use both. I like to hold a CD in my hand but other people like to download it on their phone.

Sell your CDs at your Gigs and offer a free download song on your website.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:39 AM   #3
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How many CDs do you think you can sell?
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:55 AM   #4
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do both
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sell cds at show or give them out to fans(draw on themor soemthing to make them uniue)
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:54 AM   #5
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Definitely both, but if you have to go one way or the other go with a CD.

There are loads of people who don't like downloads, and the people who do like them can just rip the files from the CD (probably at a higher quality than some download sites)
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:29 AM   #6
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it depends on your genre, in my opinion. if you're a super-indie-fuzz-folk band, your fans would be more willing to get a CD than if you played most forms of metal.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:45 AM   #7
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^^^ Yeah coz nobody buys metal on a CD anymore am I right? Only old peoples music and hairy girl music is on CD yeah!

What trash. I personally prefer CDs because I can play them in my car, which is where I do the vast majority of my music listening.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:50 PM   #8
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you have to have some hard copies of your music. Though I think it's not the main way for musicians to make the bulk of their money anymore. But having some to do package deals, with shirts and other merch is a good way to still sell some.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:05 PM   #9
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^^^ Yeah coz nobody buys metal on a CD anymore am I right? Only old peoples music and hairy girl music is on CD yeah!

What trash. I personally prefer CDs because I can play them in my car, which is where I do the vast majority of my music listening.



When I'm in a car, I hook up my iPod via bluetooth, as do most people I know.

I'm agreeing with what a lot of people are saying about enjoying having a physical copy, but you also have to look at the financial side. Putting some songs online costs nothing. Getting a pressing of CDs can cost a few hundred bucks. Since we're not really gunning for a record deal here - we take the band seriously, but it ain't exactly my number one career priority - cost needs to be taken into account, too.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:29 PM   #10
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From my experience people at gigs will have no problem for throwing a few dollars for a CD versus actually following through and going nonlinear to download. My band does both and has a pay what you want option online. Some people pay some don't but we sell more CDs at show than downloads.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:23 AM   #11
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When I'm in a car, I hook up my iPod via bluetooth, as do most people I know.

Well Mr Fancypants my car doesn't have bluetooth compatibility, as do most people I know. Perhaps we mix in different social circles.

If I opt to listen through my phone, I have to use one of those FM reciever things and the sound quality is nowhere near having a CD.
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:18 AM   #12
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I would have an issue buying an unsigned band's download. One of my favourite bands had a download only single, and I didn't want to buy that, which should tell you a lot! As a musician, I'd never call a release complete unless it has CD pressings, because that's what people will want. Besides, if you play a great concert, people will want to buy your CD, if I saw a brilliant band live, and they said 'Download our music on Itunes!', chances are, I wouldn't, in fact, I'd probably forget about them very quickly.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:42 PM   #13
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Well Mr Fancypants my car doesn't have bluetooth compatibility, as do most people I know. Perhaps we mix in different social circles.

If I opt to listen through my phone, I have to use one of those FM reciever things and the sound quality is nowhere near having a CD.


Well, there you go. I think you'd have to agree that CDs are becoming obsolete. Most cars - the place where statistically, people consume most of their music - come standard with a bluetooth connection now, or at the very least an aux in you can hook an iPod up to. From my view, why spend money on a medium that becomes less relevant literally with every passing day? In a few years, it will literally like doing a pressing run of 8 tracks.
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^^^ No doubt. In the end its all about cash, but the issue is actually getting people on to itunes to pay/download away from the impulse buy of the gig..

Perhaps to rectify this problem you can charge $1 a song code and give it to them on a card or something at he gig. That way you get the cash even if they don't download it. Sorry if this method doesn't work with iTunes, but basically you don't want to drop the impulse buy advantage.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:55 PM   #15
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Print the cheapest possible cds you can. like bureau en gros blank cds that you buy in bulk with your band name written in a sharpie but give out millions of them. Like hand them out in the metro, leave them in piles in restaurants, give 'em to hobos on st-catherine etc.

If you put your website/email on the cd, it'll come back to you in publicity. Imagine how many blank cds you can get for 250$? Take a couple of hours to burn them then sow them to the winds
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I would also print some CDs. Chances are they will forget your name and only look for it if they really loved your set. By printing a CD it might allow for them to at least hold onto your CD just so they are reminded of your name, even if its only a single and then they have the name to go look up for the rest of the EP.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:23 PM   #17
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I guess I'm weird in that if I go to a show and like the band, I'll whip out my phone and buy their music on the spot.

Personally I'd agree with the small Spanish child and do both. No sense in alienating either source of income.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:54 PM   #18
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Definitely do both. Offer downloads, and have CD's available, especially at gigs. I know I myself am more likely to buy music for a band I'm seeing if it's there in CD form.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:21 PM   #19
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Why not burn an audio/data cd? Have the songs on it in standard format and in MP3's. I dont know why more bands don't do this.
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Why not burn an audio/data cd? Have the songs on it in standard format and in MP3's. I dont know why more bands don't do this.

Because you can rip the standard files from a CD at a higher quality than most MP3s?
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