I have been struggling for a while with a question that I need your opinion about…
Many artists and labels release their music in a fast pace, often with a very limited physical release edition. The physical releases are often sold out on the day they are officially released – because of informed fans pre-ordering. At other times, they are sold out when I publish my recommendation – because of the delay. There’s always a pile of music to be listened to so, by definition, I’m lagging behind…
I’m afraid tha in most times, only the digital edition (download, streaming) remains available by the time a blogpost is published…
That is no problem for me, personally: I play 95% of my music digitally and have become somewhat ‘detached’ from collecting physical releases. As long as a (hi-res) digital release is available, it’s fine with me.
But I also know that most music lovers are avid collectors, and definitely want to own physical editions to hold in their hands, Vinyl, CD, DVD, Cassette, USB or whatever physical format is thinkable.
So, the question is
Is there any use in publishing recommendations when the physical edition has already sold out?
Until now, Ambientblog’s policy is to publish a recommendation even after the title has sold out immediately – if a digital release is also available. The music rules, not the medium.
But doubt grows – do you, the reader, become frustrated reading about a release you want to check but that has already sold out? Does that even matter to you?
Or do you still like to read about it to check out the digital stream or download, or maybe take notice for when you might find it later in a second-hand shop or on Discogs?
I’m interested in your opinion, so I would be happy if you take a minute to fill in the polls below.
If you want to leave any other remarks, you can of course use the comment section below this post.
Thanks for your input!
Thank you all for taking the time to react and let me know what you think about this issue.
I think it is clear that most readers still like to read about an album even if the physical edition is sold out. So I will continue to do so.
It is a bit of a relief to know this, so thanks! I will still try to keep up and not get tóó far behind.
BTW – polls will remain open, so you can still add your opinion about this if you didn’t do so already.