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Apple, Reprise to offer blank, collectible LOTR CDs

updated 07:30 am EST, Tue December 16, 2003

Blank, collectible LOTR CD

Apple and Time Warner's Reprise Records label today will begin designed for fans to purchase the CD and use it to store a digital copy of the film soundtrack bought online, according to The LA Times: "As part of the promotion, the label will sell three different blank CDs outfitted with images from Time Warner's 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' film. Apple's iTunes Music Store will offer the recordable CDs, which will sell for $5, exclusively today through Jan. 5....Label executives are pitching the blank CD as a collectible item. Reprise will press 1,000 copies of each of the three discs, and each will be numbered."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    cool

    yep.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Now HERE'S a little mode

    ... that could easily catch on big time as yet another next step. Sell collector's blank CDs and let the public buy them to burn their music. Outstanding! Who's going to burn much more than something appropriate to such a disc? While most folks will stay pretty pure and only burn LOTR soundtracks (for example) to LOTR discs ('look at this disc *I* made!'), others will burn music that at least makes them feel close to LOTR, an audiobook, etc. No one's going to burn Justin and Reuben's albums to one (except maybe Scott Blum). The possibilities here are endless. Let a billion flowers bloom!!!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    quite a novelty item

    but with the album being $11.99 on the iTunes Music Store, and the discs themselves costing $4.99 a piece, it becomes cheaper just to buy the actual album from Amazon for $14.99.

    Seems like only true LOTR fans will do this... or something.

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    dweebs

    Only dweebs will do this. It's pointless. What part of "blank" are they missing? If they've got LOTR graphics on them, where do you put a label?

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Someone doesn't get it..

    Uh, genius, you wouldn't use a label...

    The data side is blank.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Apple stupidity

    strikes again. This is right up there with iPod engraving and $5000 iPod-ready snow jackets. Can we say -useless product-? Who the (bleap) is going to pay $5 for a BLANK CD?!? Especially since if I'm that desperate to have LOTR on my CDs, I could buy some friggin software for $10 that prints CD labels and print out thousands of different types?

    I swear to god, someone has got to get Shiller off that crack he is smoking.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Well I would

    Well I'd like pro artwork on blank CDs bought from the net. Although seeing as I don't have the music store in the uk I actually just have to buy the CDs anyway.

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    Re: Apple stupidity

    There's already a couple of posts that disagree with you. Apparently you don't understand the term "collector's item".

    BTW, lots of people have purchased iPod engraving, and the iPod snow jackets were $500, not $5000 - and I hear there will be more produced, so it apparently isn't as stupid as you thought.

    I'm glad you don't run Apple.

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    Um.

    "Apparently you don't understand the term "collector's item"."

    If you spend $5 to buy a blank CD, then you're an idiot, and nothing I can say will help you. There's a difference between a collectors item and something made solely to try to rip you off.

    "I'm glad you don't run Apple."

    I'm glad apple doesn't make any money, or gain any marketshare. They don't deserve to. At best, this is a extremely narrow market they seem to want to target. Apple goupies and rich people who don't care how much something costs. At worst, they just assume people are stupid enough to buy this. I guess they are, since you seem to think it's so great.

    [rant] Please apple. Please sell a $100 apple-logo trashcan. It would be great. I would buy it, just because it's got the apple logo. Everybody knows that it must be the greatest trashcan ever, because it's made by apple. Here let me look inside. I'm sure it's got to have a gold-plated lining and everything. Oh wait. It's only got trash in it. Oh well. At least the apple logo looks cool. [/rant]

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    Re: Um

    I'm glad apple doesn't make any money, or gain any marketshare. They don't deserve to. At best, this is a extremely narrow market they seem to want to target. Apple goupies and rich people who don't care how much something costs. At worst, they just assume people are stupid enough to buy this. I guess they are, since you seem to think it's so great.

    Man, you're getting over-excited over a freakin' $4 blank CD offer. You'd think they were converting their entire line-up of iMacs to a LOTR motif or something.


    [rant] Please apple. Please sell a $100 apple-logo trashcan. It would be great. I would buy it, just because it's got the apple logo. Everybody knows that it must be the greatest trashcan ever, because it's made by apple. Here let me look inside. I'm sure it's got to have a gold-plated lining and everything. Oh wait. It's only got trash in it. Oh well. At least the apple logo looks cool. [/rant]


    It all comes down to making money. If Apple can 'rip' enough idiots off with these CDs, or get enough idiots to buy a $100 trash can, then aren't they satisfying their goal of, I don't know, making money? Everything a company does or sells doesn't have to just target the widest audience possible. That's why the windows world is filled with so much c***. Why there were/are so many 'beige' boxes. Its the least offensive color out there. So they made computers that color.

    You'd probably also dissed the iMac when it came out (a blue computer? who's apple selling computers to, just depressed people???) and the iPod (as I recall, it was blasted as overpriced, under featured, wanna-be device in a saturated market - just for those rich few music fans who could afford it).

    Oh, and I say all this as someone who laughs at the thought of spending that much on a blank CD, who could give a flying leap about any of the movies (or the books for that matter) and as someone who's just so tired of hearing about how great they are. You people complain about Mac zealots. LOTR zealots are far worse!

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