Sunday, March 13, 2011

BMG Music

Does anyone remember BMG Music or Columbia House?

I was just thinking about how I got lots of music back before the days of being able to download songs online.

Mail order CD clubs were awesome
I had tons of CDs before I ever had Itunes.  How did I get all of them? The same way many people my age or older got them, through music clubs such as Columbia House and BMG Music.

We would sign up, select our 8 to 10 free CDs and the one to six full priced CDs we had to purchase,  send off along with the payment and shipping and handling, receive them, cancel, then join again later under a different name.  It was wonderful.

I wondered if these music clubs were still around so I went to their websites. I tried BMG Music, but the links came up to dead ends.  Next,  I typed www columbia house into my browser and sure enough they are still there.  But wait, they are now a dvd club.  Columbia house dvd anyone?

I guess the online music evolution really did kill their CD sales.  I imagine with all the stores selling used dvds and people now downloading movies it is only a matter of time before the dvd club goes the way of the dinosaurs as well.

I cannot say I really miss them that bad, but those sure were the good old days of getting lots of music without spending a fortune.  It almost felt like you were getting over on them.  Like you were pulling a fast one and the big companies were too stupid to even realize who was scamming who.

Who else remembers these wonderful music clubs?


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