Bart’sCD newsletter coupon this week was very generous: 6 cds priced $7.99 or under, new or used, for $20. I found $41 worth of CDs, which totalled $21.66 after tax.
I picked up many CDs I’d had an eye on for some time, but had never followed through with a purchase. They were:
Veruca Salt “Eight Arms to Hold You”
Veruca Salt “American Thighs”
Katie Melua “Pictures (Special Edition)”
Throwing Muses “2003 Self-Titled”
Fiona Apple “Extraordinary Machine” DualDisc
All used of course. You can sometimes find a new CD priced at $7.99, but not often.
I’d actually selected and bought a DJ Cam title but after hearing 10 seconds of it, walked back to the store to ask if I could exchange it for another Veruca Salt CD, since I hated it (it was DJ Cam’s jazz album, and I hate jazz). They were totally nice and let me – maybe because it was so soon after I’d made the mistake.
This may sound obsessive but I keep a log of my CD purchases, actually more of a print-out, to prove that anything I may have ever downloaded in the past (and I’m not saying that I ever have!) was subsequently replaced by purchased CDs. Although not yet tested in court, such “sampling before buying” was noted by a typically conservative Federal Judge in Boston as perhaps the only use of downloads that might be considered Fair Use, stating “the court would have been willing to hear a fair-use defense in cases where music might have been downloaded for the purposes of sampling the songs before buying them” (U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner). Of course, you can hear 30 second snippets of songs on Amazon, but I think there’s an argument to be made that people who have a deep interest in music like to hear more in order to decide. But I don’t want to be the one to make that argument – I’m just sharing how being a music fan means living in fear of having to prove you’ve bought your music, even when you’ve bought your music. It’s also why I try to buy music with my credit card rather than cash, so that there’s a record of my, er, records.