A) Song length
B) Song popularity
C) "Epic" status
D) Impressively fun charts/gameplay
E) Elite band status
F) Personal attachment (favorite song)
Song must have most/all of those attributes
No song is worth $3
Well, I guess "F"... Like I said in the other thread:
Well, I personally was very excited about getting Atomic. My perceived value of a $3 song makes the purchase not worth buying. This is my rational:
iTunes sells singles for $1. That song that I buy gives me listening enjoyment.
Rock Band “normally” sells singles for $2. That song that I buy gives me listening and interactive enjoyment. So, for that extra $1, I receive the additional enjoyment of the song being interactive.
Songs for $3 that I buy gives me listening and interactive enjoyment. But, intrinsically there is nothing additional to justify the extra $1. As a matter-of-fact, the value of the song is actually less since I can only buy two songs for $6 instead of three songs.
Now, as far as the record company is concerned… so what if 1/3 of the possible buyers decide not to purchase the song, they will still make the same amount of money from it since they are receiving 1/3 more money per sale. I guess I will be one of those 1/3, because logically I just can’t justify spending my limited resources on something that will decrease my purchasing power when I can spend those resources on a product that can give me enjoyment with one third more variety.
But, obviously, that is just me since I have seen many people post they will not buy a $3 song except when a specific band or song has been released. …and, even after saying all of that: I will never say never. But, I will say not often… No, I will say very seldom would I even consider buying a song for $3. But, I am sure there are some songs out there that would force that money out of my grubby hands.
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Anyways, F and only F. If it's one of my favorite songs, I'll have no problem paying large amounts. I would pay even more for some songs. But I won't be picking any merely "good" tracks. And probably not even some "great" ones. Just favorites.
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For myself to pay $3.00 for a song the following would have to apply.
Length of a three dollar song...... "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" . I would pay for this one.
Epic being.....anything from the Album "How The West Was Won" by Led Zeppelin. Long extended versions some being medley's would deserve $3.00 .
Other than those reasons I know that I will not allow myself to spend $3.00 per track. I would feel ripped off. Put it this way...I bought the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers LIVE Anthology CD (all 4 disks) for 19.99. I have almost spent that much just getting the 12 or so that have been made available. TP is a great example, at $1.00 almost everyone would have picked up every Petty song. Unfortunately, the second pack came out and no one wanted to pay $2.00 for TP again. At $1.00 band and labels WILL get more exposure. That's a guarantee. At $2.00 you will get some and for $3.00 you will get hardly any exposure except that "your the band who charges $3.00" and will be know for that and not the music because not many will buy.
It's only oversaturation if you have to switch discs.
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Rust in Peace, "Let Forever Be", and "Stray Cat Strut" imply that EMI don't mind their music being sold for $2.And of course, the obvious reason...how many Blondie songs do we have? 3? And when did the last one come out....wasn't it the one included in RB2? It's entirely possible that EMI was no longer willing to work with HMX for a price that would allow them to charge only $2.