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She wouldn't be saying the same thing if the mechanical royalties had been adjusted according to the price of the album on Amazon...

Karen Allen

.99 works for her because Amazon was willing to eat the difference for a limited time only, so she still got her money. .99 doesn't work of there's no sponsor, so it doesn't scale at all as an industry-wide solution. I'm also kind of horrified that she basically is saying there's no value to her music unless it's affixed to a chunk of plastic. Really didn't expect that to come out of her mouth after all she does to get respect as a musician and not just as a sideshow attraction.

Jeff MacDougall

Interesting. I respect her even more now for stating what I always believed was an obvious truth. (and I'm a musician with no label and no sponsor)


Quite easy for her to say, when making bunch of money and having a lot of people working for her...

Would she say the same if she was a small unknown artist?

Justin Boland

Interesting stance: "Yes, I think albums should cost .99, except for the fact mine do not."

Well argued and very honest, to boot.


Where you say "it doesn't scale at all as an industry-wide solution" you mean it doesn't scale from a record label perspective. It is however the direction music is headed. With 5 million bands between mySpace and Facebook, many of whom are giving away their music as promotion, this trend will push the cost to the consumer to zero over the next few years.

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