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Buying Lossless Files?

poll Should I sell uncompressed downloads?
Yes, I'd pay for that, and would prefer .WAV format.
Yes, I'd pay for that, and would prefer .FLAC format.
I wouldn't pay for that.
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Buying Lossless Files?

Posted on Mon, Jul 14, 2008

Over the years, I've had a smattering of people who've asked for full-quality, uncompressed downloads of my tunes. I've also had a number of people who want to support my music but don't want a physical CD. Should I offer uncompressed music for sale on a name-your-own-price basis? It'd be only for full CDs, and would include hi-res images of the album art as well. Discuss. :)

   Discussion: Should I sell uncompressed downloads?
Jamie Dull (anon) · 8 years, 4 months ago
I personally like the route that you've pursued this whole time. The option of downloading for free, or buying a physical cd is great for the listener, and your cd's sound great, so I think you're good to go, however, this route wouldn't be bad either. Maybe if you offered it in a "box set" method, you might get a better response.
Josh Woodward Back · 8 years, 4 months ago
I should clarify - this is in addition to everything I already do, not in place of anything. You'd have three options:

  1. Download the MP3s for free
  2. Pay for physical CDs
  3. Pay for lossless audio downloads
Anabel (anon) · 8 years, 4 months ago
Hello, I just now started listening to your music. I think it's a great idea to offer name your own price downloads. I personally have no need for physical CD's so I'd rather pay for a download that maybe comes with a code, so in case I were to loose that particular download i could retrieve it again. Also it might be nice to have a "donate" button just for random donations. Thanks!
tom (anon) Back · 8 years, 4 months ago
I agree, I'm not much of an audiofile so I the lossless wouldn't we interest me, but I could see how others would appreicate it. And a random donation button would be great
Nick S (anon) · 8 years, 4 months ago
You should definitely pursue this. If it's not too popular, it won't cause much extra strain on the server, and if it is you'll make a lot of cash out of it. It's win-win, really. Just make sure that if you offer lossless you use FLAC. WAV is old and uncompressed and totally unsuitable for music distribution.
Raj Singh (anon) · 8 years, 4 months ago
Yes, I think the name your own price system is a great idea, considering your obvious ambivalence for selling altogether. Honestly I downloaded your files, but since I didn't have an option to send money, even through paypal at that time, I went over to the iTunes music store and bought them again there (and for some reason they sounded a little more full, btw... different bitrate?) The name your own price thing has worked quite well for Radiohead and NIN, preserves your desire to offer free tracks if you want, and to make some money for yourself in the process (which is *not* a bad thing, regardless of what you say hehe). 2 things to look out for: 1) You may want ot figure out a system that keeps track of sales and downloads, because if someone pays and downloads files, and those files come down corrupted, he/she may not want another download, but rather a refund. This issue crops up in any digital distro model. Also, if you get super popular you may have to start watching for taxes. Never know when the IRS starts to look at ya :) 2) Since thye're digital downloads, why not just offer a choice to the person buying your shizzle with a whole array of format options. I personally prefer fully tagged and metadata'd Apple Lossless, and I bet you'd have a few others on here as well who use iTunes and iPods. FLAC support *still* isnt in iTunes, and going through the process of converting is a bit of a pain. You could even offer higher-than-CD resolutions (as NIN did) for the hardcore audiophiles with SACD machines out there. Anyway, good luck with it all, Josh. Always wish you the best with your impending super-stardom :)
Michael Gregoire (anon) · 8 years, 4 months ago
I'd definitely like to purchase your music in FLAC format.
devin (anon) · 8 years, 4 months ago
like some of the others, I don't really have much of a need for either a CD or a high quality file, but it would be nice to have a donation option.
Elizabeth (anon) · 8 years, 3 months ago
If it's not too much effort, I think FLAC sales would be great. If it's a bit of effort, I'm working on a project to make it easier if you are curious. BTW I only play FLAC at home.
rgs (anon) · 8 years, 1 month ago
That is what Magnatune netlabel is doing:

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