My favorite band, Pearl Jam, as part of its 20th Anniversary released Live on Ten Legs, a live album. Pearl Jam’s official site summerized the album as
18 Pearl Jam tracks recorded over the course of the band’s 2003-2010 world tours by recording engineer, John Burton. All tracks have been newly remixed by longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason and remastered.
The album was on sale via iTunes, Amazon MP3, TenClub and Independent Music Stores. At lunch I headed to the local Boise independent music store, the Record Exchange. The Album was on sale for $14.99, down from $18.99. Now ordering from the Pearl Jam website would have been $12.99 plus 5.50 shipping. So that option was worse, but as a digital download I could get the album from iTunes for $10.99 or via Amazon for $7.99. Now granted I would not been able to get the sweet cardboard case by paying $14.99 at the Record Exchange, but for $4 to $7 more?
In the end I chose iTunes due to Christmas gift cards, but the real problem is the fail of my local independent music store to capitalize on an exclusive deal and well, my money. I want to buy local, but when every dollar means more and more each day, saving $4 was the deal breaker. Independent Music Store FAIL!!