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Old 2012-10-08, 14:33   Link #21
Knight Errant
Join Date: Dec 2007
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Originally Posted by Lord of Fire View Post
I agree that (anime) CD prices are quite steep. Most singles of western music CDs are around 11 and most albums cost between 15 and 25. That's roughly 17% cheaper than the majority of Japanese music CDs that I've bought (both anime and non-anime).

Of course, it may depend on what retailer you use to buy them at. For most of my music CDs from western bands, I have a relatively cheap retailer, so the results may not be 100% accurate.
To be honest, I'd put that price difference down to exchange rates. It could easily change if the exchange rate were to shift.
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Old 2012-10-08, 15:21   Link #22
Join Date: Dec 2003
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Originally Posted by Xellos-_^ View Post
curious no company has taken a iTune hammer to the japanese business model
Originally Posted by ultimatemegax View Post
Like Apple themselves?
Yup, I've actually gotten in the habit of buying certain songs/singles on iTunes now for those cases where I don't need to collect the actual discs. But it is interesting to note that whereas the average price for a song on iTunes in the U.S. is $1.29 (sometimes $0.99 or less), the usual single song price in Japan is 250 yen (which is just over $3). As with anime BDs/DVDs, music CD singles often now come in limited editions that include special packaging, bonus music video DVDs, etc. So I think they're moving towards discs being collectors items, and digital purchases being the lower-priced tier.
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