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Discussion in 'K-POP' started by ListenToBadMusic, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. ListenToBadMusic

    ListenToBadMusic Public Figure

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    So the art of buying a physical cd is pretty much dead everywhere except to Japan and Kpop fans.

    I get why physicals are important to artists and companies since it makes them $$$$$, but how much longer do you think they'll be relevant since most music markets have moved to digital.

    Do you think all the added things they add into the cd packages now can carry it enough?

    I kinda feel like it will, since the bulk buying/photos cards/posters etc are so ingrained in kpop/stan culture at this point. I don't really know where I'm going with this, just figured I'd see what other people think.

    PS - This is not a thread to bash or brag. Take that shit elsewhere.
     
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    all that merch shit in album seems ridoculous to me tbh and in some years they will put even more shit into album to keep fans buying albums
     
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    When physicals don’t have merch in them with attractive idols in them

    No one buys them purely for the music anyway
     
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    tfw you spent $0 on K-pop so really can't comment.
     
  5. ListenToBadMusic

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    I bought Square Up and it's the only physical cd I've purchased in about 10 years. I have bought vinyls though, since those are a bit more "collectible" in my opinion.

    I'd buy a BP 12" over the cd anyday. :(:(
     
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    Physicals are dying 'cause we found another way of listening to our music, nobody buys the album anymore just because of the music, heck some people don't even have cd players at home anymore (mine was given away some years ago).

    So you only buy if you're a fan (and actually have money lol) and yes, by now it's deep rooted on kpop culture to buy albums, first because it is a way of supporting your group, second because of all the collectibles.

    I don't think it will die too soon, after all it will make it harder and harder for groups to actually make some sort of income. Digitals pay little, but it gives exposure if you have a good amoun thus comes the CF deals, interviews, shows etc. Saddly not all groups have enough exposure, that's why some still survive on physicals and fan-oriented incomes.
     
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    The moment companies stop selling photocards or merch with it
     
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    Nobody buys physicals for the music anyway. The day they all stop putting those merch in it will be the day it dies.
     
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  9. deluded

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    "physical" won't die because people will still buy merch they can hold and collect irl
    so maybe in the future they'd just sell the photobook/photocard with given code to access the digital album
     
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    that won't happen
     
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    ik lol
    just sayin coz max of the fans buy a physical coz of the merch
     
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    Won't die as long as you have random shit and a photobook inside. You're buying it more for the goods rather than the CD.
     
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  13. ListenToBadMusic

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    I'd almost rather this...a lot of vinyl do that as well.
     
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  14. Rand_Al_Thor

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    I do, i buy and rip.
    watch lives on you tube check out the video a few times.
    tried spotify was not impressed.
     
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    America actually started adopting a kpop strategy as of late

    Look at Travis Scott. His Birds in the Trap album in 2016 sold 88k first week with 53k pure sales. Not bad right? But what happens when you sell merchandise (t-shirts, jackets, etc) and with every purchase you get an album?

    Astroworld releases a couple of months ago using this merchandise strategy and sells 537k first week with 270k pure sales.

    Essentially it's the same thing as kpop albums including goodies just presented in a different way. In kpop you buy the album and get "free" extras while in the west people are buying merch and getting "free" albums. But each sale still counts as an album sale.

    I'm surprised it took the west this long to try something like this.
     
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    I hope not ...had to buy the kemio thing which was a total waste of money.
     
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    i like the photobook it's about the CD,,,
     
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    I've seen a lot of bands I go to see giving their new cd out when you buy a ticket to the show as well. Either physical or digital. As someone who attends a lot of shows I've actually got a bunch of cds recently just from this lol.
     
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    I enjoy photobooks since I'm a designer/photographer, but I'd also rather get the digital download code and just buy the book lol.

    I used to do this, but I stopped buying cds in like 2008/2009 and now I just download most of the songs I listen to and put them in itunes. I'll then spend money when I see the artists tour on a shirt or poster. I've always strictly bought merch at shows, never online. Since it goes right into the hands of the band then.
     
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    In the west I know dedicated fans stream hard instead of buying physicals or they buy a few physicals. My friend is dedicated fan to Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand and he be buying several copies of the same album and then a vinyl of them as well because he wants to support his faves.

    So it's not dead but it is more extreme in SK and Japan.
     
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