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Rex Sorgatz

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dec 4
2007

Radiohead Remorse

Do you remember how Apple devotees freaked out after Steve Jobs dropped the price of the iPhone by a couple hundred bucks just months after its release? I wonder if there's any change that Radiohead fans will freak out because the physical version of In Rainbows will have more tracks than the online one, for which some people paid primo $$$. (I don't have a link for this post -- it's just here because it was too long for Twitter!)

4 comments

Indeed, I paid $12.99 for the album and I have more regret than Jason Robards in Magnolia.

posted by crazymonk at 1:06 PM on December 4, 2007

Ah, I dunno. Most people got it for free. I read before the online version was released that there would be extra tracks on the physical cd. (Eight, I think.) Either way, I figured the majority of people would just "get" those extra tracks somehow...

posted by nushustu at 1:27 PM on December 4, 2007

This is kind of like a video game being released for one system and then coming out on another system six months later with bonus content. Or maybe like a game selling later with the expansion packs.

Not something I've seen in the music industry before, but definitely something that's been around I think.

Time + Content = Less Valuable Content
Older Content + New Content = Slightly More Valuable Content

That said, if I dropped a bunch of money (more than a normal amount) on it, I might be a little pissed.

How's that for a cop out?

posted by Gavin at 3:45 PM on December 4, 2007

The difference on the iPhone was $200. The maximum difference to aquire the additional tracks is something like $15. But if I'd spent more then that on the IR download, I'd have no major qualms "just 'getting' those tracks somehow."

But if I'd spent anything more than that (and actually, even though i didn't) I'd feel a little gipped by the very EXISTENCE of a physical version of the album. What, exactly, did i buy?

posted by alesh at 11:54 PM on December 4, 2007




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