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singles vs. albums

As we look at releasing stuff online here, the question I have is, \"what is the practical function of the album?\" Isn\'t it really a product of the physical release era? Is there any good argument (outside of concept albums and the like) for continuing with the 10-12 song collection? If not, shouldn\'t we instead be looking at the true unit of measurement of music: the song? Thoughts?



 
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i will always buy albums, i will fight the demise of the physical medium to the end

i like having something i can put my hands on, i like the idea that i can hold it up and say \"i own this\", i like the quality of a mastered CD

on the flip side, i do see the pull of the digital, quality is becoming less of and issue with bigger hard drives and higher bit rates, it\'s easy and convenient

i think that there should still be CDs, but maybe that there would be less focus on the physical medium

i like the model celldweller and co are setting up, you can still buy the album, but you can always buy the mp3, and often times a long time before the album if available/completed you can buy a single or two, and also a lot of b-sides and remixes that might never make it to a CD see the light of day in the digital realm




 
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I\'m just thinking out loud, but could you possibly set up a system whereby you could \"pay in\" towards an album as tracks are released? Meaning, buy and receive each song in MP3 format until the entire disk is available for release, and they pay a significantly reduced price (as if you already own the songs you\'ve purchased,) to receive a disc copy.

That may not be quite clear, if you want me to clarify I\'d love to.




 
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yeah, i\'m not sure where i stand on this, but i think i lean towards daegor\'s position, especially if i\'m dealing with a conceptual/story album like enigma or nine inch nails. but i do see the trend towards digital only and i do understand it.

i know i\'ll be releasing the third Delta-S album as a physical medium (plus mp3s of course) because it is part of the trilogy story. But after that, I\'m not sure it will be very lucrative to continue on with actual cd production, as less and less people seem interested in investing in that medium.

however, as for me and my house, we will always buy physical medium! w00t.




 
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I LOVE what Saul Williams did, where a .cue sheet was included with the FLAC file downloads.

Digital release, but if you _want_ a CD, here\'s the CD-quality files and the .cue sheet and you can burn a copy of exactly what would be released if it were in CD format.

I\'ll always buy albums, in every format; digital, CD, LP, etc. However everything ends up on my hard drive as FLAC files regardless, and that is how it gets played more than 90% of the time.




 
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This is a good topic - one that is very close to me right now with my involvement in an indie label trying to push for new trends and yet stay relevant to existing models alike.

I love the ability for artists to release individual tracks digitally as they are completed instead of having to wait for that full length release, but still give fans a physical release once enough material is accumulated to fill a disc.

Here are a few specific things I\'m going to be doing with FIXT Music along these lines:

We\'ll be releasing digital singles one at a time as they become available for most or all of our artists, until we get to the final few tracks on a disc - then we\'ll put those last few out along with an exclusive remix or two to go on a physical release.

As for the comment about giving credit towards the physical purchase for those who bought some or all the digital singles along the way, this is something we\'ve already had our radar set on. I don\'t have the specific answer yet, but we are working on a credit system that would give fans the ability to purchase the individual songs along the way and then get the physical copy at a nice discount later.

We\'re also embracing digital downloads with all new FIXT Clothing original designs - we\'ll be including 1-3 free mp3 downloads with all FIXT Clothing Originals, including some exclusives that you can only get with the clothing purchase, but you get to download immediately after checkout. We\'re looking forward to growing these features on our new store - Store.FixtMusic.com over the next year and on....

We\'re going to have music from several current or previou Flish affiliated artists as well (As Ember, Delta-S, lvl, Voxis, etc...) So we\'d love to see some of you over there. :)

Thanks for the great conversation here everyone,
Jimmy Rhodes
FIXT Music




 
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I love the physical medium, it\'s nice to hold something in your hands, but I\'m also with hewhocutsdown - Saul Williams, to my knowledge, is the first fella to offer a new work for download as a *LOSSLESS* file, which makes me incredibly happy. That is, essentially, why I\'ve stuck with physical media - I hate the loss of quality you get with a lot of mp3s.

Heh, what strikes me as odd is that while the industry has been making forward steps in terms of the available quality on a physical disc, what with SACD and DVD-Audio and such, the fan base at large has been moving towards lower quality.

Anyway, Carson (and Jimmy), I\'m all for digital downloads AS LONG AS you offer a lossless option, like FLAC or SHN, for us audiophiles who want that top notch audio quality.




 
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Singles are fine to give fans a taste of an artist\'s latest material. Once there\'s enough material to rightly constitute an album, I say release all of it together rather than piecemeal.



 
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