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Having less problems with digital format and less efforts needed to put in for selling it make record selling companies abandon CDs. Unfortunatelly... Because holding your music in the hands and having it virtually on your HDD is a completely different thing.
I totally agree with you Zannor. As an avid collector, I would never resort to a kind of "virtual collection" of downloading. Listening Experience requires a ritual, where the actual product plays a vital role and the equipment too.
As for the packaging, I'm pleased that some labels (Alia Vox, Ricercar, Avie, Alpha, Glossa, etc.) still produce first rate products of high production values.
I agree with Parla that there really is nothing like owning and handling an actual physical product, albeit that the jewel-case must be one of the worst designed containers ever produced. Like Vic and others, I now buy CDs and transfer them straight to hard disc for lossless streaming, storing the original on my shelves.
I have downloaded several works from a site called Classic Mobile (http://www.classicalmusicmobile.com/) which has a treasure trove of historic recordings at ridiculously low prices in MP3 format – not critical in terms of audio quality given the historic nature of some of the recordings in which I’m interested. These are mainly works which are either not available on disc, or which I would not necessarily buy at the higher price if they are. The 1953 Krauss or the Furtwängler EMI Rings in decent mono sound for €4 each are pretty impressive bargains, I think. There are many, many others. Well worth a look if you’re interested in such stuff.
I have, though, only ever purchased and downloaded one ‘proper’ album (i.e. one I would have bought on CD anyway) which I did as an experiment. Despite the undoubted quality of the sound and availability of texts/booklet, I was nonetheless left with the curious sensation of not actually owning anything, and haven’t felt any desire to repeat the experience.
Of course no CD package, however luxurious, can approach the thrill of buying an opera set on LP and opening up that box to reveal the treasures within. But time moves on, as they say.
It is an excellent recording and has now replaced Fricsay as my Fidelio of choice. But the packaging is indeed poor. However anything is better than 'plastic jewel cases'. I like the idea of cardboard with glued plastic inserts as the Membran de los angeles Madama Butterfly or as we are talking about a decca release as they supplied for the 'heratige' series. The cardboard folder seems to protect the petal design which is the big flaw in postal received jewel cases. And the playing surface does not come into contact with anything which is the flaw with the cardboard sleeve.
I'm surprised, jewel cases cost nothing. Been throwing these away by the bucketloads. Perhaps the sender tried to save a penny on postage?
That's pretty cheap..
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