What has happened? Back in the 90's & early 2000's, there were record clubs, where one could get up to 12 CD's (or cassettes) for a penny, under the condition that a few more were bought in a year's time. I collected many CD's in this manner over a 5-6 year time frame. Some consumers, I know ripped them off, never to buy anything, but I always met my committments.
Long story short, I allowed a relative to check out my basket of CD/DVD's, when I went to get them back, he told me they were stolen. It was true that his apartment was broke into, because his stereo, TV, desktop PC & netbook were stolen. Thing was his insurance paid for his stuff, but not mine.
However, I don't blame him, I blame myself. I should have known that my music collection was irreplaceable & not loaned them out, especially the entire storage basket of them in one shot. After all, I wouldn't loan any of my computers or car out. A couple of these cost over $40 & this was in the 90's.
Does anyone know of anymore such clubs similar to Columbia House/BMG? Everything that I run across leads me to rentals, or to Amazon, where some of the CD's aren't the originals, they've been remastered between the years of 2009-2012. I've heard some of these on MySpace & they're not the same. What was the purpose of remastering, for them to work with 7.1 channel sound cards?
One of my all time favorites, Pink Floyd (The Wall) is also remastered.
Has the entire music industry gone to renting, rather than ownership?