smashdad wrote: aural wrote:
I just refuse to buy the content twice. I'd rather Bedrock charge me a few extra pounds if they must to get a download card so I can, at least, get the unmixed tracks.
What the lack of this option is doing is, more often than not, pushing people to pursue the content from less-legitimate sources.
Before addressing the above quote let me say, CDs are almost literally useless to me - the only mechanism I have for playing them is through my PS3 and I can't remember an occasion in the last 3 or 4 years that I did that.
Consequently - and agreeing with you about the absurdity of potentially buying the content twice - let me suggest, the simple answer is get over the practically valueless aspect of CDs and to buy the digital package that (in the case of Digweed's latest 'South Beach' release) has the three full length mixes AND 41 full length, unmixed tracks. Just, whatever the fuck else you do, don't buy it from Beatport...
The lossless quality FULL release of 'South Beach' - all 44 files - from Junodownload is £12.49 (do your own currency conversion) - whilst the equivalent from Beatport is £51.94!?!
Valid points, but again, I do like owning CDs. They are largely "useless" to me as well if I'm being completely honest with myself - but I have a really fucking great CD collection and I just like having complete sets of things (GU, Bedrock, Fabric, Balance, DJ-KiCKS, etc).
The digital mix thing - I have one major issue with - No one provides .cue files with them. .cue files were largely used to be able to take a single track digital file and burn them to a CD in a tracked, gapless format like you'd get with a retail CD and alleviated the slight tick you'd get between tracks if you ripped a mix to mp3 in multiple tracks (this isn't an issue with lossless formats). I can't remember the last time I burned a CD using a .cue file, but I do use them every day when I listen to mixes on my computers.
So basically, I open the .cue file much like you'd open a playlist file back in the day and it references the digital file and it shows up in the player as a tracked file with all of the artist/track information for each track. It may seem silly to some, but I really love being able to look at a mix's playlist in that way. These files are tiny - they are just text based and they can be used for ANY audio format that the player you use can handle, you just have to edit the line in the .cue to tell it what file to reference. So I could give you my .cues and you could edit them with the file names of your files of the same mix and it would work.
I use Macs, so I use this player called Clementine and just associate .cue files with that app. Double click the cue and off we go. For example, this is how the 3 files I ripped from my Underground Sound of Ibiza 2 look in clementine: