Dear music industry: you are mad

I like listening to music. I’m happy to pay for a high-quality digital download. I’m annoyed when I can buy a physical CD in the USA but not  the FLAC download of the same recording. That’s my rant – details below.

I have a number of audio setups that range from “high-quality and not portable” to “ok quality and portable” I prefer to acquire  music in a high-quality format (CD/FLAC) and then keep or produce two versions – a high-quality digital version for home use and a lower quality digital version for portable use.

I’ll eventually be able to abandon all the lower quality digital versions when mobile storage becomes cheap enough or when services like Spotify have catalogs that cover more of the stuff I listen to.

Anyway, I wanted to get this recording of Valentina Lisitsa which I’d heard earlier on Spotify:


Easy, right? Amazon have the CD and an MP3 download, but no FLAC:

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Let’s search online to see if DECCA offer the FLAC directly:

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Success! Looks like I can get it straight from DECCA. But wait, what’s this after I’ve signed in and am ready to check out?

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This kind of thing happens all the time. Smaller music labels and artists selling directly seem to do a much better job. I can’t see a good reason for why a company should sell my a physical CD of a recording but not a lossless digital version of the same thing (for more money…) based on which country I’m in.

They are mad.

I’ll get the CD this time but I’m rapidly running out of computers that can read them anymore…

Edit: As David notes, I do like my psychical CDs… :-)


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