Online music in UK outsells CD, cassettes and vinyl | iLounge News MyCokeMusic. This will be good news for all those companies who are offering downloadable music content, and bad news for traditional music outlets such as Virgin and HMV, who will most likely have to start looking for alternative ways to offer their music over and above the traditional high street record store format.”

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Online music in UK outsells CD, cassettes and vinyl

“Figures from the Official Chart Company in the UK have revealed that for the first time ever online music sales have eclipsed the sales of traditional music formats such as CD, cassettes and vinyl.

During the month of January it has been revealed that over 150,000 songs were downloaded from sites such as MyCokeMusic. This will be good news for all those companies who are offering downloadable music content, and bad news for traditional music outlets such as Virgin and HMV, who will most likely have to start looking for alternative ways to offer their music over and above the traditional high street record store format.”

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1

I found this to be wather promising for the future of the European download market.

However looking at the Coke download site available here the price of one album is still only one pound cheaper then the albums available in stores…..ive even found cheaper deals on the internet that include postage of the album for less then that….

Interesting none the less..

Posted by PodMax on February 10, 2004 at 12:29 PM (CST)

2

“ive even found cheaper deals on the internet that include postage of the album for less then that….”

Yep, and what’s more - with the downloaded albums you don’t get any of the inserts/covers.

Posted by Angelfly on February 10, 2004 at 2:50 PM (CST)

3

The day the music died.

I still buy more CD’s then the amount of music I download.

Angelfly, well said.

Posted by Adam on February 10, 2004 at 2:55 PM (CST)

4

This is incorrect.

‘More than 150,000 downloads were sold last month, exceeding sales of 12-inch, seven-inch and DVD singles, the Official Charts Company reported.’

‘CD singles remain the most popular singles format, however, with 341,461 sold during that week.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3475337.stm

Posted by Liam on February 10, 2004 at 3:51 PM (CST)

5

If people are prepared to buy that many downloaded songs, for a higher price than a typical CD album, imagine what would happen if the tracks we’re reasonably priced.

But that will never happen, cos that would be too easy.

Posted by Dave on February 10, 2004 at 4:05 PM (CST)

6

1984 anyone? Someone is saying that downloaded music out-sold CD’s, but I don’t believe it.

I think the numbers are all made up. If people read enough of these kinds of stories, they’ll start believing that the CD is dead and start downloading. At the same time, the record labels will continue to make outrageous amounts of money from the download services without having to produce a single CD.

I will always buy a CD. A crummy 99

Posted by narco in Burbank on February 10, 2004 at 4:57 PM (CST)

7

Narco burn them from digital files. Its idiotic comments like that which allow music companies to make a fortune off innocent punters.

Posted by Pecker on February 11, 2004 at 4:13 AM (CST)

8

pecker - i think he was referring to the fact that a purchased CD represents far better value than a DRM infected album at a low bitrate purchased off somewhere like itunes.

Posted by dmeineck on February 11, 2004 at 5:31 AM (CST)

9

dmeineck & Pecker are spot on.

Currently a CD, with the art work, lack of DRM and nobody restricting how you can use it is the best option.

Rip the CD yourself and you’re a winner, the only problem is that CDs are way too expensive.

On an unrelated note, why do people use ‘then’ when they mean ‘than’ ?

e.g. ‘item a is more expensive then item b’.

Surely this should be:

item a is more expensive THAN item b

Posted by WebBat on February 11, 2004 at 9:26 AM (CST)

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