« on: November 10, 2010, 03:56:51 pm »
on a serious note, i think that the future of physical music sales will really move toward the product becoming more of an art object.
more limited quantities with some kind of enhanced packaging. if you pair that with the instant download while you wait for your order to ship (great idea taylor) i think you could be on to something.
i am a sucker for good design and nice packaging... i think a lot of other people out there are too. that mixed with a well curated label is a recipe for building a loyal following. people will take a chance buying something that they might not have picked up otherwise because of this level of trust that has developed.
as for formats, i still buy CDs and vinyl and the occasional cassette but something that i've seen a few people do and that i find interesting are well packaged 7"s with maybe 2 tracks but then come with a download code for those two + additional tracks. in theory making an album out of a single.
i think that the trick really will be figuring out the right balance of what people want and what is financially viable.
in the next few years i think we will see a lot of labels trying a bunch of different things.