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(Time)   Target says it won't sell Beyonce Knowles' new album because she released it digitally first instead of on CD. That's a hell of a business model there, Target   (entertainment.time.com) divider line 35
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2013-12-16 11:46:32 PM  
Yeah that's kind of dumb.
 
2013-12-16 11:49:14 PM  
"At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections,"

You know what else impacts demand and sales projections?

Not selling it.
 
2013-12-17 12:03:41 AM  

scottydoesntknow: "At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections,"

You know what else impacts demand and sales projections?

Not selling it.


Actually, it makes the sales projections VERY accurate.
 
2013-12-17 02:21:03 AM  
It might actually make sense.  If the sales projections are so low they figure it's not worth stocking it.
... in which case Beyonce Knowles loses nothing.   Fine.
 
2013-12-17 06:34:14 AM  
People still listen to CDs?
 
2013-12-17 07:07:29 AM  
Thinking of the sound a breaking jewel case makes gives me the heebie jeebies.
 
2013-12-17 07:51:43 AM  
As someone who works in a retail store that sells CD's, I can say with certainity that A LOT of people still buy CD's, and are often confused and angered when the store doesn't stock every single CD ever made.
 
2013-12-17 07:52:33 AM  
In other news, I see Cartier has finally tackled that elusive Uncanny Valley demographic.
 
2013-12-17 07:54:12 AM  

OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?


I've bought a lot of cds ever since Amazon started giving away free digital copies of any cds you buy from them.

Awhile back I wanted the Tom Petty 2-disc greatest hits: $19.99 for a digital copy, or $4.99 for a physical copy that comes with a free digital backup. Download it right away, physical cd shows up 2 days later gets tossed in a corner still in the shrink-wrap. It's a nice loophole.
 
2013-12-17 08:06:27 AM  
How does one become a "Target spokesperson"? I can't imagine any education is involved. She had better swallow.
 
2013-12-17 08:21:31 AM  
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2013-12-17 08:26:43 AM  
Target Australia is selling it.

Go Lawyers! Go!
 
2013-12-17 08:31:00 AM  
comments under TFA make most fark discussions look informed/rational.
wow.
 
2013-12-17 08:31:32 AM  

OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?


People still shop in stores? And they they buy CD's in stores?

Do these people not have google?
 
2013-12-17 08:38:33 AM  

Crudbucket: OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?

I've bought a lot of cds ever since Amazon started giving away free digital copies of any cds you buy from them.
Awhile back I wanted the Tom Petty 2-disc greatest hits: $19.99 for a digital copy, or $4.99 for a physical copy that comes with a free digital backup. Download it right away, physical cd shows up 2 days later gets tossed in a corner still in the shrink-wrap. It's a nice loophole.


This.  Hell, any time I want more than 3 or so songs off a given album, it's usually cheaper to bargain-hunt online for a CD copy.  And once it reaches that point, it's always better to get more product for the same price.
 
2013-12-17 09:26:35 AM  
After yesterday's story about how Disney revoked holiday playing privileges of people who bought their Christmas movies in digital form, I'd have expected more people to support Target's decision...
 
2013-12-17 09:40:56 AM  

OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?


People still use toilet paper?
 
2013-12-17 10:20:57 AM  

arcas: After yesterday's story about how Disney revoked holiday playing privileges of people who bought their Christmas movies in digital form, I'd have expected more people to support Target's decision...

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2013-12-17 10:22:33 AM  
Pretty stupid move by Target, they were just saying on the radio this is one of the hottest selling albums in a while.
 
2013-12-17 11:08:57 AM  

Wasteland: Crudbucket: OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?

I've bought a lot of cds ever since Amazon started giving away free digital copies of any cds you buy from them.
Awhile back I wanted the Tom Petty 2-disc greatest hits: $19.99 for a digital copy, or $4.99 for a physical copy that comes with a free digital backup. Download it right away, physical cd shows up 2 days later gets tossed in a corner still in the shrink-wrap. It's a nice loophole.

This.  Hell, any time I want more than 3 or so songs off a given album, it's usually cheaper to bargain-hunt online for a CD copy.  And once it reaches that point, it's always better to get more product for the same price.


I guess these strategies still work for some of the mainstream stuff.  Don't forget about the $1 MP3 credit Amazon offers for some physical CD purchases, but if you're interested in the more obscure stuff that isn't available on Amazon or only available on Amazon as an import, you're looking for a needle in a haystack trying to find a bargain for a physical disc.
 
2013-12-17 11:11:29 AM  
Man, I hope that she'll be able to make rent.
 
2013-12-17 11:21:42 AM  
This is a completely moronic move on Target's part. She's the kind of artist where her fans will buy the digital copy immediately to have the songs, but will still go out and get the physical copy after because they collect everything she does. I can't imagine this will incline her to do any kind of exclusive promotion with Target in the future, which have been incredibly lucrative for them in the past. As desperate as Target is to squeeze every last cent of productivity out of their employees and improve profit margins to appease their shareholders, this move is incredibly short-sighted.
 
2013-12-17 11:31:38 AM  

OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?


At this time of the year, CDs can be cool stocking stuffers for the Mrs. And we can rip CDs to our Odyssey's "hard drive". Of course, she listens to her XM all of the time now, so getting her music is kind of pointless.
 
2013-12-17 11:32:25 AM  
I can think of many reasons not to buy a Beyonce album, but I gotta admit I hadn't thought of that one. Thanks, Target! I'll be sure not to buy it from you either.
 
2013-12-17 12:12:47 PM  

OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?


People who still have decent hearing do.

/CDs are lossless
 
2013-12-17 12:24:03 PM  

peterthx: OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?

People who still have decent hearing do.

/CDs are lossless


No. CDs are samples as are all digital recordings. You may not be able to consciously detect the loss, but it's there.
 
2013-12-17 12:25:45 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: peterthx: OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?

People who still have decent hearing do.

/CDs are lossless

No. CDs are samples as are all digital recordings. You may not be able to consciously detect the loss, but it's there.


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/Yes, yes, I know and agree
 
2013-12-17 12:31:23 PM  
UNAUTHORIZED FINGER:

No. CDs are samples as are all digital recordings. You may not be able to consciously detect the loss, but it's there.

Lossless digital then, compared to the low bitrate perceptually encoded (lossy) downloads of albums.
 
2013-12-17 12:36:16 PM  

thamike: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: peterthx: OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?

People who still have decent hearing do.

/CDs are lossless

No. CDs are samples as are all digital recordings. You may not be able to consciously detect the loss, but it's there.

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/Yes, yes, I know and agree


Heh, don't get me wrong, I listen to both vinyl and CDs, but at age 52, with 30+ years of listening to turbine engines and newspaper presses, I can't claim to be able to hear the difference. My dream is to rip all 3,000+ records in my collection, but until that happens, I'll continue to use my turntables and CD player.

/love my vinyl, though
 
2013-12-17 12:43:46 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Heh, don't get me wrong, I listen to both vinyl and CDs, but at age 52, with 30+ years of listening to turbine engines and newspaper presses, I can't claim to be able to hear the difference. My dream is to rip all 3,000+ records in my collection, but until that happens, I'll continue to use my turntables and CD player.

/love my vinyl, though


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2013-12-17 01:07:12 PM  

arcas: After yesterday's story about how Disney revoked holiday playing privileges of people who bought their Christmas movies in digital form, I'd have expected more people to support Target's decision...


Fark Disney. Why yes, I have worked for them.

devilEther: OregonVet: People still listen to CDs?

People still use toilet paper?


What's toilet paper? I use 3 sea shells.
 
2013-12-17 01:09:28 PM  

thamike: You guys from the jet paper airplane plant really need a union delegate.


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2013-12-17 04:37:00 PM  
This is a smart move by Target. She's the kind of artist where the majority of her fans are of the age group that they buy everything electronically. They don't buy physical media. Shiat, they don't have devices to play physical media. Their music consumption is via smart phone or iPod.

Target realizes that stocking music or movies is a losing proposition. That space can be better utilized stocked with items that actually sell, not just sit there for months and years on end.
 
2013-12-17 08:49:31 PM  
Does Target also have a policy against "explicit" music (I know Wal-Mart does) and are maybe trying to cover their asses?

I just watched the video for "Drunk In Love", which...people seem to be liking.  To me it looks and sounds exactly what my few friends who could carry a tune would look like if they were recorded while being drunk.  Which is to say, kind of embarrassing.

Ahem, biatchiness aside, when I could actually make out what they hell she was talking about, I did get that the lyrics were pretty raunchy.  And then I got to the word "surfboard", and I cast aside my embarrassment and laughed my ass off.  Suddenly, I got it.  Beyonce is trying to be funny.  Hats off, B.  You have conquered a new genre, and will have Weird Al bowing down before you by next week.
 
2013-12-18 02:42:12 AM  

Six_By_Nine: Does Target also have a policy against "explicit" music (I know Wal-Mart does) and are maybe trying to cover their asses?


Last time I looked, they still carry the PA versions of CDs.
 
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