Over the last few days, I've been trying to decide if my purchasing habits of DLC are helping or hurting the RB franchise.
From RBN, I've found a bunch of great bands that I would never have heard of and have purchased several CD's after hearing a band's song. And searching for those songs has led me to other bands that I've grown very fond of, such as Nighwish.
From HMX, most of these bands are known, which is great, although they really turned me on to Evanescence, thank you.
To my point, when I purchase songs, I have had an agenda:
- songs that I like (no brainer)
- songs from bands that I like, but maybe the song isn't one of my fav's
- genre that I like
On the second 2, it was with the thought that purchasing these would lead to other releases that would fall into the first category.
But is that really how it works? Does it really affect HMX"s releases when I purchase a song from a specific genre or artist, even though I may not like that song?
Example: 311. I don't normally listen to Rock/Rap/Reggae (or whatever you want to call that type of music). But they were OK and it was the first music in weeks that I even thought was OK, so I bought it. So does my purchasing of these songs give HMX the wrong impression?
I some times buy a song because I want more from that band. But could my purchasing of that song give HMX the misinformation that I like it and want more of it?
Green Day is another example. I bought the CD from my sister for $20. Not because I'm a Green Day fan, but to add to my library. Did that affect the decision from HMX to re-release songs from that disk (since I also bought the code to transfer)?
I love RB and am thankful for the amount of DLC they produce. But the "hamburger" comment that HMX has been clinging to has me a bit put off. I am a customer and should not be thanking a company for being in business for profit. And while they may be a fast food establishment, they do not just server hamburgers!! You may have over 4000 items on your menu, but they are not all hamburgers. Can you image McD's saying "you should be grateful that we've served over a million"!!! But the hamburger comment is a different subject.
I'm really questioning whether I will purchase songs that are just "OK" in the future. My only concern is that it will affect the longevity of DLC.