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Friday May 11 2007

From this, in among stuff about some fat Radio 1 DJ who is doing awfully well:

Other figures show that Classic FM has seen a surge in the number of under-15s listening. This year’s Sony UK Station of the Year winner has secured 6.03 million listeners, the highest since 2005.

It also has an additional 474,000 under-15 listeners in the last three months, a 52% increase on the last quarter but not a record for the station. Under-15s are not included in the overall station figures for the first quarter of 2007, released by industry body Rajar.

Classic FM’s Managing Director Darren Henley said: “These figures prove that today’s iPod generation is increasingly turned on by classical music. Mozart and Beethoven remain as relevant today as they were in their own lifetimes.”

Classical music is not in trouble, it would appear, merely certain classical music industries.  And nor would Classic FM doing well and CDs at fifteen quid a throw doing badly be, I surmise, all that unconnected.  Throw in digital radios that record ...

Brian,

I know from reading your blog that you personally don’t pay 15 quid per CD as you are the second-hand CD master.

But just to be pedantic, any punter still paying 15 quid for EMI recordings is a mug, even without the benefits of the 2nd hand market in London.

Have a look at the first recording there, Rattle Bruckner 4th. Look it up at Amazon and you can get it new from a Marketplace seller in the US for 7 quid plus 1.40 postage. They typically take 10 days to arrive in the UK.

Historical recordings are a couple of quid cheaper again.

Aimard’s Carter/Rattle CD (on Warner) is 2 pounds on Amazon Marketplace, from a UK dealer.  Warner must simply have pressed up too many.

I don’t know what EMI will charge for DRM-free MP3s, but I can’t see it being cheaper initially, so for now the CD is still the way to buy major label recordings.

I still have trouble absorbing the incredible value to be had and have trouble remembering that prices can only fall.

Or is it possible that once they stop pressing CDs, it will be easier for them to maintain a higher price for MP3s?

Posted by Peter Reavy on 11 May 2007
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