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Digital Copy Me, part 3

Quality is another issue with downloadable media – though more so with video than audio. But acceptance of quality issues in audio has paved the way to a worse situation with video. A few years ago, 128 kbps was the standard bitrate for stereo MP3 files. In a critical listening environment, 128 kbps is clearly […]

What Does A CD Cost?

According to a 2004 Rolling Stone article, here is the breakdown of the cost of CDs sold at Wal-Mart (which accounts for something like 20% of physical music sales in the U.S.): $0.17 Musicians’ unions $0.80 Packaging/manufacturing $0.82 Publishing royalties $0.80 Retail profit $0.90 Distribution $1.60 Artists’ royalties $1.70 Label profit $2.40 Marketing/promotion $2.91 Label […]