The new Gramophone Club

10 posts / 0 new
Last post
The new Gramophone Club

 

I guess I'm a prime target for the new Club - I've been buying and reading every issue loyally for over 40 years, and have no intention of stopping. I used to go with friends to the Awards ceremony every year until it was turned into a prohibitively expensive event. But should I join the Club? I switched to a digital subscription a couple of years ago - I read lots of magazines on my iPad - and this currently costs me £40. As far as I can see, my new price including the Club is £75. For this I will get the admittedly useful proper search functionality, and membership of the Club. But there's previous little information about what the Club is going to offer to justify a near-doubling in subscription - just vague promises of things under development. I'm interested but don't feel that's quite good enough - what do other regular readers think?

Paul

PS very glad I can now post this properly - thanks Luca!

Thanks pgraber,

Thanks pgraber,

I'm hesitant about digital subscriptions in general and that includes CD downloads. I still buy the palpable CD in hand as well as books and yes, Gramophone magazine.

I read Diapson online because getting anything from France here in the U.S. is dreadfully difficult.

Really, I suppose it comes down to convinience. I remember back when I was wanting to subscribe to DOMUS magazine which comes by way of Italy. The safest way to insure my subscription was to order it through Amazon, however every customer review attached to this DOMUS order centered around the complaint that these people were either not getting their issues or they were getting them six to eight months later. The DOMUS website is OK but its not the same as having the magazine.

I can still go to the local news stand and look at (and read) the current Gramophone issue. Some issues are must haves while others are not so much and my money is tight, so where's the incentive to do anything differently?

 

goofyfoot

Goofy (if I may be so

Goofy (if I may be so familiar)

I think the question is, do you have an iPad or similar? If so, then reading G on it is pretty straightforward. Why would you do it? Because it turns up reliably ahead of printed copies, you get access to the whole 90+ years of the magazine, and it's usefully cheaper. So why wouldn't you? But I can imagine it's less fun if you have to read it on a desktop, or even a laptop.

I apologize pgraber, I

I apologize pgraber, I misunderstood the topic but no, I don't have an ipad for the very same reasons I gave above, because I prefer CD's, books and magazines. And, I have a computer at home so that's really enough.

As far as efficiency and receiving the Gramophone issues ahead of time; I am not in a place where cutting edge news is very important but certainly that may change in the future. I suppose if I were in London, then timelyness might be a priority but nothing here is ever written about in Gramophone until its already happened.

As a side note, if Gramophone offered a free month trial period of its digital subscription/membership, then I might be persuaded to sign up but I'm currently judicious about how I allocate my expendable earnings (what little I have to work with).

It's unfortunate that this really comes down to money but I have to be pragmatic.

goofyfoot

The new Gramophone club.

I can only echo the same sentiments and views expressed by goofyfoot. I almost detest i-pods, i-pads etc. for listening or even dealing seriously with music. Computers (and the relevant gadgets) are used for communication purposes only. CDs and SACDs along with the actual magazines and occasional relevant books are more than enough for me.

However, choices exist to accommodate all kind of needs or desires. So, chacun a son gout!

Parla

Parla

i am actually talking about reading Gramophone, not listening to it! So, given that you accept the use of computing devices for communications, what's your problem?

Paul

Reading through...books...

Paul,

Like Goofyfoot, I echo his sentiments, including reading the books and magazines, in their physical form (as listening through the actual CDs/SACDs). What I meant with "communication" was that I use the "computing devices" only for communicating...with other people (e-mails, SMS or sending my posts here). However, I do not have a problem if you are happy with any other use of these devices. I simply do not "trust" them for further use...

Parla

The Gramophone Club

Hi Paul,

Thanks for the credit on fixing the forums but the work on the website goes on as we try to still nail down the bugs still lurking in the system. We do all appreciate how patient you have been and hope you will all enjoy the finished product.

With regards the Club, I thought it might be good if someone from the team quickly explain why we have set this up. As you know, we have had a print and digital version of the magazine for a couple of years now and we have rightly, always offered a saving when you subscribed to both. With the introduction of the new site we needed to review how this all worked. For some time now we have also been wanting to explore ways of rewarding our readers for their loyalty as many of you have been with the magazine for more decades that you might want me to point out. The Club is going to be how do this.

You will still get a saving on your combined subscriptions but we are also looking to work with partners in the classical music industry so we can offer you further savings on non-Gramophone products as a reward for being loyal customers. This afternoon we will be announcing that we have reached an agreement with the French company Qobuz that will allow us to offer Club members discounts on selected downloads when they launch their new download service later this year. We will also be offering significant savings to their streaming services to Club members and we are having similar discussions with a number of other organisations as part of our efforts to reward are most dedicated readers.

Later this year we will also selling tickets to our annual Awards ceremony and our first international classical music cultural tour. Club members will be eligible to discounted prices for both.

I hope this gives you an idea of what we are hoping to achieve with the Club. It is early days but as the offering develops we hope to convince more and more of our readers that it worth joining.

Many thanks,

Head of Marketing,

Gramophone

Thanks, Luca - that sounds

Thanks, Luca - that sounds really interesting, not least because I have been thinking of switching from Spotify to Qobuz anyway, for its higher resolution and more classical friendly offering. I shall wait and see what you have to offer in this regard. But I'm grateful to you for putting a little flesh on the bones.

Paul

Thanks for the information

Thanks for the information about the club, Luca.  I've decided to sign up to the Digital Club as I do really appreciate having access to all issues of Gramophone, and the reviews database, from my iPad - it sounds like I'm in much the same position as Paul.

 

One thing I find a bit confusing though is having three separate logins: for Exact Editions, Tinypass and for the Gramophone web site.  Are there plans to create a unified user area for club members?

 

Also, I'm on the one month free trial of the Qobuz HiFi subscription and have been very impressed., so would be interested to hear more about the Qobuz/Gramophone partnership.

 

Chris

Log in or register to post comments

Gramophone Subscriptions

From£67/year

Gramophone Print

Gramophone Print

no Digital Edition
no Digital Archive
no Reviews Database
no Events & Offers
From£67/year
Subscribe
From£67/year

Gramophone Reviews

Gramophone Reviews

no Print Edition
no Digital Edition
no Digital Archive
no Events & Offers
From£67/year
Subscribe
From£67/year

Gramophone Digital Edition

Gramophone Digital Edition

no Print Edition
no Reviews Database
no Events & Offers
From£67/year
Subscribe

If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

© MA Business and Leisure Ltd. 2019