Musings on pricing schemes and piracy Dreamed 2487 days ago | | 507 words

What is the price of a TV show? Perhaps, one on cable. As a consumer, we pay about $60 per month for our cable. For that price we get a ton of channels and a gigantic mountain of shows.

Under this model, I can take the number of channels I receive divided by 60 and get the cost per channel. Then, if I had a tally of every show on the channel, divide it again and get the cost per show.

My point is it would be ridiculously low. So how are the valuations on paracy put so astronomically high?

Am I supposed to believe a CD is different? $15 for a 15 track CD would mean a dollar a track. So to get piracy feeds of $100,000 I would need to pirate 100,000 tracks and I seriously doubt anyone has done that.

I was thinking about all of this in the shower last night and again on my drive to work this morning. Call it just another way the RIAA/MPAA are not being truthful in their valuations of piracy.

Perhaps if they were more truthful, we as a whole would take their billion or million dollar “losses” more seriously instead of treating them for what they’ve shown themselves to be. Dinosaurs unable to change and adapt to a changing marketplace.

Lawsuits are no way to win back customers. Start treating us right and fairly and perhaps we’ll start buying music again. No one wants to be treated like a criminal and that’s exactly how I feel every time I walk into a store to purchase a CD or DVD wrapped in so many stickers I feel like I’m unwrapping a ball of duct tape.

Start lowering prices on ridiculously expensive CDs. Start releasing music people want to listen to and how they want to listen to it. Stop restricting people from doing what they want with it.

There are a million ways around your one block in the road.

Case in point. My friend bought the newest Weird Al Yankovic CD and could not play it in her laptop. She has no stereo. She has no other means for CD playing besides her Dell PC.

The CD would not play because the CD’s DRM would not allow it to be played on anything but the proprietary player included with the disc. In addition, she could not rip it to hard drive to play in iTunes, nor sync it to her iPod. Nor really do anything with it. At all.

Solution: I popped it in my mac, loaded it into iTunes and ripped it for her. On the Mac, all the the preposterous blocks do not work.

I hope that one day the RIAA and MPAA will once again focus on what consumers want instead of how many millions of dollars they can pocket.

After all, you’re in the entertainment business. No one needs music and movies to live. They’re comforts. Entertainments. They are non-vital.

And by treating us all so badly, you’re only leading to your own downfall.

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