Thursday, May 29, 2008

Everything in it's Wrong Place

So I happened to see that there is a "Best of Radiohead" compilation coming out next week. I won't be purchasing it. Mainly because I already have all of those songs on their respective albums, but I'll probably buy the DVD video compilation, since most of those aren't available elsewhere and because watching videos on YouTube isn't particularly fulfilling.

That and I hate to throw too much support at EMI, since they are hosting this party without inviting the guests of honor. That's right, Radiohead have no say in this compilation, which is why it only contains songs for which EMI controls the publishing rights. Which is not to say that they won't get paid for it, but you understand where I'm coming from.

But I clicked on over to Amazon anyway to look at prices and track listings and, lo and behold, CD's are overpriced. The DVD release is $15. The CD special edition (with 30 tracks) is $20. The single-disc hits-only CD is $19.

???

Why is an audio-only format that features fewer songs more expensive than the audio-plus-video format? It's less obvious with the special edition, in which case you're getting 9 additional songs, but I still don't get it. First off, since there's no additional material (unless you count "Talk Show Host", only available on the special edition, and which most fans will already have on the Street Spirit single or the Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack), there's no incentive for a fan to buy it. It's not like this is a band whose catalog is driven by singles or whose albums are high-priced (all hover in the $4-5 dollar range on Amazon Marketplace).

I swear I'm not bitching. I'm just confused. In the end, it suits me just fine, since I'm only buying the DVD, which is the cheapest option. But has no one learned anything about pricing?

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