19 August 2009

Why people pirate music

The Beatles have released the original mono mixes of 11 of their albums on CD (plus a compilation of singles) for the first time. The mono mixes were the only ones actually supervised by The Beatles and George Martin, and often differ from the stereo mixes (done by some namesless studio engineer as an afterthought). General fan opinion is that the mono versions are better.

So that’s the good news. The bad news is, you can only buy the mono releases as a boxed set. Worse, the MSRP is $298.98, an eye-watering $25 per album. Worse still, they are only making a single run of copies available, and they’re already sold out many places.

But they’ll still act outraged when the set gets heavily pirated, won’t they?

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