CD sales continued to fall last year as record companies maintained high prices and didn't care to re-examine catalogues. But the music fans kept the faith and the good vibrations continued on the internet. Part 4 of a four-part series.

If you are on a budget, you don’t have to buy pre-recorded CDs anymore. From January to December last year, we wanted to see just what music could be had by sharing with music fans on the net either through snail-mail trades or using the net to download lossless non-MP3 music.

None of the music obtained were official releases by record companies. A small exception was made for long out-of-print albums never issued on CD or never reissued after a small pressing of CDs sold out.

It is not a small amount by any means. Neither is the collection an assortment of leftovers and unwanted music. Altogether we downloaded or traded for a total of 3,321 CDs that amounted to 2,182 albums and boxsets. Some sets had more than 20 CDs. We managed to share music from all genres - pop, rock, metal, punk, soul, jazz, country, classical, avant garde and ethnic.

The music community has reached a point where many collectors are opening their treasure chests to share really great music that has never been released before. And the internet has made it happen.

To view our 2005 collection click here:

January to March

April to June

July to September

October to December

This year in the US, retail sales took another beating as the figures have been tallied. Almost 8 per cent down from the previous year. It’s been falling for the past few years. While the RIAA likes to sue music fans, they should do some self-examination. Look at the high price of pre-recorded CDs, with prices as high as US$18.90. Look at the music they have been releasing.

Here’s something worth repeating written by Wes Phillips of Stereophile magazine:

"...Mr Record Executive, there’s your problem right here. You feed us crap and you treat us like crooks - now you’re blaming us for loading up our iPods with our own records and refusing to buy yours. How stupid do you think we are?"

A change is surely gonna come.


- The Little Chicken


Part 1: Is Piracy Or The Music Industry That Is Really Killing The Music?
Part II: Stop Protecting The Music Industry With Copyright
Part III: Spread The Word

All You Need Are Ideas











 

Here’s one 12-CD set we obtained at the close of last year in a snail-mail trade. It’s a brilliant idea of compiling all the singles and promos ever released on the Beatles’ Apple label.

From the first known pressing - an incredibly rare internal release to the Beatles and their friends of Frank Sinatra singing a birthday version of The Lady Is A Tramp for Ringo’s wife Maureen, issued on vinyl 7-inch in August 1968 - to The Beatles’ Free As A Bird soundtrack to the video.

The set collects all the known releases of Apple artists like Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax, The Iveys, James Taylor, Billy Preston and others. Many of Mary Hopkin’s singles were issued sung in different languages - French, Italian, Spanish and Welsh - and all are here in one handy collection.

While we already have many of the songs, some of the rarer items would have been impossible to obtain if not for a group of fans sharing their collection. This set came with this advice:

"A Beatleg creation not intended for commercial sale."


Nitty Gritty

We sourced reasonable quality blanks, paper and ink. Here is the breakdown on how much it cost to download and put on CD, 2,182 albums with cover art.

a) Blank discs - total used: 3,321

34 stacks @ S$25 each = S$850


b) Artwork

1 album = roughly 1 front, 1 back

2,182 albums x 2 = 4,364 sheets of paper

4,364 = roughly 9 reams of paper

1 ream of paper at S$4.60 x 9 = S$41.40


c) Printer Ink:

1 set of black and colour refills = S$69

1 set per month = S$69 x 12 = S$828

 

Total cost:

Blank discs - S$850.00
P
aper - S$41.40
I
nk- S $828.00

Total: S$1,719.40 (or about US$1,011)
(about 80 cents - or about US47 cents - per album)


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