Albums on flash drive rather than CD

By Justin Mann on November 23, 2005, 5:07 AM
In what appears to be a first-ever attempt, a music group is opting to replace the CD with a 128MB USB Flash Drive for distributing their next album. Costing at around $30, the re-usable flash drive, for its first album release, will tote 29 songs in mp3 format along with having photos, album art, video clips and apparently more. It seems that 128MB might be incorrect, as squeezing 29 mp3 songs along with other content would be very difficult on a size that small, but the very idea of releasing an album in this way is completely novel. Based on whether or not it is DRM'ed beyond usability might make this become the saving grace brick and mortar music sales. The popularity of online downloading is only increasing, but with a gadget like this, smaller than a CD and more functional, it's definitely piqued interest.

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DragonMaster said:
BAD Idea. What's the advantage of CD over MP3? SOUND QUALITY! MP3 sounds BAD.There are CDs that contain both data and audio. Sony BMG ones as example. Why don't they just put the other content in the data track instead of spyware!I don't know an Hi-Fi with a USB plug.
temafrank said:
Justin, I'd like to know more about this for a column I write for the Usability Professionals' Association's User Experience magazine. Can you tell me who the music group is? Or perhaps the original source of the info? Thanks.
temafrank said:
I found it! Barenaked Ladies. You can ignore my earlier post.
venkat_v said:
Songs on flash drives! Good idea to save the files on flash drives. Technically this require less and single voltage (+5). All the CD drives require 12 and 5 volts in order to control mechanical parts. Transfer rate is more comparing to CD drive. Drawback: The cost of the flash drive is more that CD disk. Thank you,Venkat [Edited by venkat_v on 2005-11-24 18:16:21]
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