Digital Music Formats - The MP3 Questions

Ways to Get Songs Good Things About It Bad Things About It
Buy New CD
  • Easy to buy at local store.
  • Easy to buy on web.
  • Get cool liner inserts and pictures.
  • $15.00 a CD!
  • Have to buy whole disk for one song.
  • May have to buy nine lousy songs.
  • Supports long-term contracts of garbage.
Buy Used CD
  • Easy to buy at local store.
  • Costs much less than new CD.
  • Get cool liner inserts and pictures.
  • Selection usually limited.
  • Have to buy whole disk for one song.
  • Scratches, folded, spindled,
    and multilated liners.
Tape off the air
  • Can limit collection to specific songs.
  • Easy to customize collection.
  • Diversity easy to obtain.
  • Greater selection (live studio takes).
  • Time consuming to tape.
  • Second generation recording.
  • Beginning and ends may have overlaid sounds.
  • Difficult to access single songs.
Buy New Cassette
  • Easy to buy at local store.
  • Easy to buy on web.
  • Easy to use in most cars.
  • Difficult to access single tracks
  • Have to buy whole tape for one song.
  • Tape hiss.
  • Non-durable recording medium.
Tape whole
CD/Album/Cassette
  • Very low cost.
  • Get lots of extra tracks you might like.
  • Diversity is easy to come by.
  • Easy to play in car.
  • Greater selection. Access
    to out of print items.
  • Difficult to access single tracks
  • Takes up whole tape for one song.
  • Tape hiss.
  • Non-durable recording medium.
Tape single song from
CD/Album/Cassette
  • Very low cost.
  • Custom tapes can be made.
  • Diversity is easy to come by.
  • Easy to play in car.
  • Greater selection. Access
    to out of print items.
  • Difficult to access single tracks
  • Time consuming to produce.
  • Tape hiss.
  • Non-durable recording medium.
Buy custom CD from company
  • Legal purchase of variety.
  • Get only tracks you like.
  • Diversity is easy to come by.
  • Easy to access single tracks.
  • Durable recording medium.
  • Still expensive.
  • Have to wait for delivery.
  • Not as cool liner notes/graphics.
Burn CD
  • Very low cost.
  • Get lots of extra tracks you might like.
  • Diversity is easy to come by.
  • Easy to produce. (Start copy process)
  • Not considered legal.
  • Takes up whole disc for one song.
  • Requires CD burner.
Napster/MP3
  • Very low cost.
  • Very easy to customize.
  • Diversity is easy to come by.
  • Backups are easy to make.
  • Limited playback options.
  • Variations in recording quality.
  • Guilt over uncertain legality.
  • Massive legal debate takes up time.
  • Requires high bandwidth internet
    connection to easily use.

Major Issues to Discuss

Who owns rights to song? Where is the money? What fading entrenched systems exist?