Since an earlier post I wrote involving the legal crack-down on file sharing network, the Pirate Bay, I’ve been keeping an eye on pertinent music and file share issues to see if there’s been any backlashes. Through the power of RSS I’ve seen a couple notable articles indicating that some independent record labels have actually lowered their prices as a result.
One particular example I read about on Wednesday was from Fat-Wreckchords, an indie punk-rock label that distributes pretty much everything I listen to. Said label owner “Fat” Mike Burkett, “We just think that having a very low CD price is a fair way for scene supporting music fans to support their favorite independent bands and labels.”. Amen brotha. They’ve lowered their CD prices from the original low low $10 price to $8, determined that nothing on their catalog will cost over $10.
Having read statistics that most people who download music illegally also purchase the most music, I think this move makes sense, as I would imagine a lot of them are hoarders like myself. I think this is a pretty smart move by independents and hope to see more of it.