Bruce Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball is available legally today but people have, of course, been listening to it for weeks. I’ve refrained. Support the artists, blah blah blah.
So, of course, I went to go and buy the album today.
This is, of course, not the ‘special edition’ of the album which features two additional tracks for a three dollar upcharge. Both the digital and the physical versions of this edition are priced at $12.99.
According to the chart, the more convenient, more cost-effective option costs either the same as or more than the other available formats (let’s not count vinyl, as it’s a small niche for serious collectors and so bound to carry upcharges that people will gladly pay). Essentially, you’re being assessed a download tax. That’s stupid bullshit – it’s difficult to perceive it any other way.
This is why piracy happens.