Warp Records is selling MP3s of their catalog direct to consumers.
$1.35 is pretty steep. For an 11 track album (in this case, LFO’s Sheath), the total comes to $14.85. You can buy the same CD on Amazon for $14.99, but that includes insert and an actual CD. If you burn said mp3s, your cost likely goes above the retail of the retail CD.
Am I wrong in thinking that the cost of the mp3s should be less than the cost of the physical product?
Wow. Too much time today.
Looks like they are selling entire albums for $9.99.
I think this is a great idea. Hopefully more lables will look to get their music online like this.
Maybe we’ll get to a point where we can buy directly from an artist. Now that would be great.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the universe wishes for me to attain bankrupcy.
the interface is soooo bad. Tiny album covers with alt tags to identify them, no cross-referencing or linking from artist to artist. Other than that, they’ll get my money.
Someone needs to put together a list of “Great Warp Tracks You’ve Never Heard”.
OK, fine, I’ll start:
The Black Dog - Chesh
Gescom - Keynell
Wagon Christ - Spotlight (AFX remix)
Gescom’s Keynell is a Skam single.
True. OK, “Great Tracks Available on the Warp mp3 site You’ve Probably Never Heard Unless You’re a Sad Trainspotter”
Wow, I’d been a little skeptical of the ‘iTunes music store interface: a great achievment” idea — until I saw this site. I love Warp records, but jeez.
My recommendation is to get Autechre’s Envane EP, which is out of print and hard to find (until now).
The best thing that could happen with the Warp/mp3 sales would be for them to convince Boards of Canada to open up their golden vaults. *sigh* If only …
I too have issues with paying o’er $1.00 for an mp3, but if this trend helps to make out-of-print music accessible again, then it is what it is. Granted they said that about compact discs years ago, and there’s still a lot left undigitized.
And maybe I’m old school, but I’ll prolly forever be skeptical about mp3-only releases (talk about planned obsolescence), but that’s another thread for another time.
Purchased one of my favorites just to test the system. Was deeply disappointed with the sound clarity (pun intended - the bass was awful). Love Warp, but please work on the quality. I’ll gladly pay a small amount more for the artifact and the ability to product my own high-quality mp3s.
I just bought AFX ‘Hangable Auto Bulb’, which came out *ages* ago on vinyl only; I heard about it when it came out but could never get it (uh, I don’t do vinyl).
I think the prices are pretty good, here in the UK. Yeah, it’s £1 per track (which by the way will probably be the same as the big evil DRM services when those launch, as they’re $1/track and we generally get £=$ pricing), which is not an unbelievable deal, but you get a proper, decent quality mp3 for that… and bear in mind that you don’t have to buy individual tracks.
Hangable Auto Bulb I presume counts as a single; it’s six tracks (well, one of them is a 6 second burst of silly noise, so call it five tracks - I really doubt anyone will be paying £1 to get *that* one), and it costs £3. That’s significantly under what the 12” would have cost when it came out, even ignoring the fact that it’s not available at all. Similarly, full albums are £7 - here in the UK, albums in the stores typically cost £13, and you normally end up paying £10-£11 online unless you make a big effort. So it’s significantly cheaper.
By the way, you pay slightly less in the US because they don’t charge VAT (our prices include that at 17.5%)… however the prices probably look less good both because CDs are significantly cheaper there, and because the dollar is rather low in value.
I definitely think they have a kind of triple-punch here:
a) no DRM (for me that is a required, necessary factor)
b) out-of-print back catalogue
c) prices significantly lower than real CDs
By the way, their interface is obviously tiny and silly but it does look cool (designers’ republic) - and actually the usability is better than you’d expect, considering. Ordering some tracks was pretty easy. They have put some effort into it.
(There were a couple glitches when I tried to download stuff - zip file didn’t work, individual track downloads worked but didn’t default to right names - which I’ve reported. Nothing major, basically it’s all good.)
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