Music and movie labels continue to make blunders

Do music and movie labels [sometimes they have the same owners] really know how to bugger things up.

CDs are still outselling vinyl releases 5 to 1 but CDs have been in a decline over the past few years. CDs sales dropped a whopping 26.5% last year.

In comparison, vinyls have had a “revival” or the past few years…. Or have they.

Between 2015 and 2016 vinyl sales in the UK, for example, grew 50% but only 4% between 2018 and 2019.

The problem is that music labels seem to be concentrating more on vinyl releases which tend to be 2 or sometimes 3 times the price of a CD release – when there is a CD release.

Record Store Day [RSD] [and variations] have tried to push vinyl sales over the past year by selling “exclusive” releases to independent store shops which sell almost exclusively vinyl. These RSD sales are in limited quantity and [you guessed it] cost more than a regular vinyl release.

It costs more to produce a “short” run [i.e. limited] vinyl release than a regular release. Because of short run vinyl, an error in mastering could be quite expensive to replace if there is a defect in manufacturing.

Do people like to stand up and walk over to their vinyl player 4-6 times [many recent albums are spread over 2 LPs [which results into a vinyl side between say 7 and 18 minutes in most cases] an hour [only good for exercise] or pop in a CD into a CD player where you can listen to the CD over and over again.

Do people like to hear little ticks while playing vinyl.

Some will claim that vinyl may offer a more vibrant sound – but that depends on the mastering of the CD.

[That said, if you want the best audio experience, try a Blu-ray audio disc.]

Movie labels aren’t much better.

DVDs and Blu-rays have declined thanks to streaming.

At least the younger generation likes to stream movies – but the audio and video quality is questionable.

Physical copies provide years of watching plus the option of watching the extras included. You don’t get deleted scenes in a streaming edition. Most movie buffs love to watch the extras included such as how a scene was filmed.

Why on earth are they still selling DVDs? It is a low quality and generally horrible media. The quality isn’t there. You can fit a 3 hour movie nicely on a Blu-ray than a DVD which will result in inferior quality.

Even then, they are selling Blu-ray “combo” which includes a DVD. Who’s going to watch the DVD?

The movie labels should have announced that they would stop releasing DVDs years ago. DVDs users would either get a Blu-ray player or start streaming. End of DVDs would possibly push physical movie buyers to buy the Blu-ray release but still allow DVD owners to use them.

Bravo to Costco – who while don’t sell many movies – have ditched DVDs. Whether or not they noticed any decline in sales is minimal. It is a tiny section compared to [surprisingly] their book section.

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