The big music companies sure must hate the Fraunhofer Institute for creating the MP3 codec. As we all know, MP3s, burning CDs and, more recently, legal downloads have turned the industry on its head and caused executives to starve inside of their ivory towers. Over in the UK, Universal is trying to right this wretched wrong by doing something a little different: they're going to be offering simple, stripped down CDs at a price that's competitive with the iTunes Music Store. The catch? (Come on, it's the record companies—there has to be a catch.) You'll end up paying about the same, or even more, than what you would pay now for regular CDs. That's right: Universal's grand strategy to winning back your hearts is to offer stripped down CDs for the price of regular CDs, defined as CDs that come in jewel cases and have a full booklet. Great thinking, guys!
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