New Cool Collection: Staff Picks

Happy Monday, Murfieland!

We’re starting this week off on a sweet note by announcing our newest Cool Collection in the marketplace…Staff Picks!

A little birdie told us the Cool Collections are a big hit. So far, we’ve launched the Top 100 albums of all time and the Top 100 debut albums. We wanted to include our favorite recommendations into the mix, hand-picked by the entire staff at Murfie.

You can find our newest Cool Collection anytime by checking the left sidebar of our marketplace—and you can expect fresh Staff Picks every week, of course!

Happy browsing :-)

Shopkeep of the Week

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In early 2011, JP’s CD collection took a journey from the warm climes of New Mexico to the waning winter of Wisconsin. Since then he has sold hundreds of his pre-loved CDs on Murfie and has over 200 more listed for sale.

JP’s musical tastes run in quite a few directions, and his CD collection numbered about 1,200 discs at its peak! He’s a big Motown guy. He’s also an avid fan of numerous singer-songwriters like Van Morrison, Dylan, Tom Waits, and Jim Croce. You’ll also find The Beatles, Wilco, Mumford and Sons, and The Allman Brothers Band sprinkled throughout his musical sundae—along with a few scoops of Kanye West, Miles Davis, and Oasis —all topped off with a Sinatra cherry! With that said, he admits that there are some stinkers in the collection too, but hey, we all make mistakes sometimes! :-)

MURFIE: When did you purchase your first CD? What was it?
JP: I think about 1986 —Peter Gabriel’s “So.”

M: What do you plan to do with the millions of dollars you’re making from your Murfie shop?
J: Buy an electric toothbrush.

M: Favorite Beatle?
J: Lennon —natch.

Check out JP’s collection on Murfie and find yourself a deal!

Shopkeep of the Week is a weekly feature that focuses on our most interesting Murfie shopkeepers. These are music lovers like you who have sold hundreds of pre-loved CDs on Murfie and have hundreds more at the ready to please your ears! If you’d like your Murfie Shop to be featured, or if you’d like to nominate a shop to be featured, please e-mail us at and let us know.

Your Wish is Our Command: Murfie Wishlists!

Dearest Murfieans,

You asked, and we delivered:  we are very pleased to announce the launch of our Wishlist feature on Murfie!

When you come across an album that intrigues you, just click “Add to Wishlist.” An album that’s not in stock or not available for sale? Just click “Add to Wishlist.” An album that you’re not entirely sure you want to buy yet? Just click “Add to Wishlist!” Gettin’ the picture?

The album will be added to your Wishlist, which you can then see in the “My Collection” tab. If an album is not available on Murfe, our expert music-finders will get to work trying to source a copy for you—no extra charge. We love music as much as you do and want you to have every disc your heart desires!

If you had any outstanding trade requests in your account, those are also now Wishlist items in your account too:  we figured you wish you had those!

When a disc in your Wishlist becomes available, you’ll be notified via e-mail. Nice, right?

We hope you’ve noticed that we’ve been on a ROLL lately with new features (it IS March madness, after all)! Bam! Boom!! Bang!!! Hope you’re all digging that Unpurchase button too:

Wait ’til you see what’s next! :-)

The crew at Murfie

Introducing: The “Unpurchase” Button (Your New BFF)

Murfie, meet the Unpurchase Button. Unpurchase Button, meet Murfie!

This new lil’ button does wonders. Only at Murfie, you can buy any album, stream it, and “Unpurchase” within 24 hours if you decide it’s not for you! We’ll credit the amount back to your account—no problem whatsoever.

Now, you’ll never have to hesitate to give any album a try! No more worrying about spending money on something you don’t completely and totally lurrrrve.

Almost like relationship insurance, right? ;-)

Kudos to the 2013 Grammy Winners!

If you haven’t had a chance to explore the fantastic music that won honors and accolades at the 2013 Grammy Awards, fear not! Below is a list of winners and their award winning albums— all ready to stream and download in our Murfie Top Hits shop. Have an earful!

Album of the Year:
Babel – Mumford and Sons


Best Rock Album:
El Camino – The Black Keys


Best Alternative Music Album:
Making Mirrors – Gotye


Best Rap Album:
Take Care – Drake


Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean


Best Country Album:
Uncaged – Zac Brown Band


Best Blues Album:
Locked Down – Dr. John


Best R&B Album:
Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment

How-to: handle a mail-in kit

Hi folks. It’s high time that we go over the Murfie mail-in kit process in detail. It’s quite simple, really… but there are some areas of confusion. Let’s un-confuse them.

Shall we start at the beginning? The following are all valid reasons one would request a mail-in kit from Murfie:

  • You want to sell and/or trade your CDs in our marketplace
  • You want to download your albums in lossy or lossless formats (MP3, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AAC)
  • You no longer want to warehouse your music collection at home

Do you fit under one, or all, of those categories? OK, so request a mail-in kit here (via our super simple online form). We’ll send you a prepaid mailer containing: a box sized for your discs, packing materials to protect your discs, and a UPS label good for return shipping to Murfie HQ. Put your discs in the box, and mail it back to us free of charge.

Some handy tips to keep in mind:

  • The return postage we provide doesn’t expire; return your kit at your earliest convenience
  • Please don’t send us media other than (lawfully made) music CDs
  • You’re not required to include jewel cases, album art, or liner notes with your shipment
  • You cannot keep digital copies of CDs in your possession that you sell or trade away

Got a question I didn’t answer? Let me know in the comments section, or shoot us a message @murfiemusic on twitter. Go, team!

The bookshelf is dead! Long live the bookshelf!

This post belongs to Murfie Musings–a series where folks at Murfie and our guests take the time to share what Murfie is up to as well as explore issues that matter to media ecology.

I have a fascination with the ways in which people create and experience media, and the financial transactions that support these value creating activities. Lately, I spend a lot of time staring at bookshelves full of books, CDs, magazines, DVDs. I call this stuff “flatmedia” – not only because it’s basically two-dimensional, but also because my experience of it is flat relative to what I’ve come to expect from digital versions on networked devices from web browser to iPod to Android to Kindle.

This is not a niche concern – most of the owned media in the world, by an enormous margin, is flatmedia that someone purchased at some point and currently owns. Virtually all of the accrued equity in media in the world exists in flatmedia form. It’s a collective repository of our culture on shelves in homes, libraries, archives, and used book and record shops. These copies we own, plus the unique rights we have to use them as we see fit, are the very reasons why we have any say over how we experience major parts of our often copyrighted culture.

But right now, we’re on a course to give all of that up. Our flatmedia infrastructure is slowly dying, many if not most new and used book shops and record stores will close as they can’t offer the new digital services folks want. As the ecology of flatmedia is displaced, but not replaced, the world of digital media is growing. In that world, the music and book buyer has no strong legal ownership rights to the digital copy of the product they buy, if they even have a copy, and their experiences and flexibility are vendor-controlled. Often, this control is used to subject them to marketing or other manipulation. This is fine for many folks, but many are not happy with the trend, and it drives otherwise lawful people into quasi-legal and illegal niches to get legitimate needs met.

I feel that liberty of experience and the use of one’s personal property and tools is an intrinsic good. Copyright and other legal and cultural norms surrounding flatmedia give us a lot of liberty with personal copies, and this mostly happened because it creates value for the rights holder and copy owner alike. Today we have this liberty in a million little ways. One such easily accomplished liberty is that I can loan a book to Julie, who can then allow her mom to read part of it, and then give it back to me. I don’t need an account or permission or a feature to do that. I can also put some of her CDs in my car legally. Books and movies that I don’t want anymore are material property with real value, and that property can be sold or traded at used shops or online. I can get some money for new CDs while making used ones available to people who could not or would not buy full-price music.

That’s part of why, starting with CDs, Murfie seeks to upgrade our members’ flatmedia from their bookshelf to the digital world and protect both their existing rights and their material property. We’re the friendly platform for media owners with an approach that respects artists’ rights and needs and offers them services and direct access to our marketplace. We want artists to sell lots of new music on Murfie. We also respect the rights and needs of those who support and facilitate artists, like labels, publishers, distributors, and in fact new and used retail stores. These groups are not obsolete – they have all sorts of value-creating power and we’re happy to partner with them. Murfie will list and sell every new title we can find in CD format, and we’ll continue reaching out to labels to find other ways to work together.

While we do this, we’ll always respect and protect the rights, needs and desires of our members. Ultimately, it’s the music listeners, the movie watchers and the book readers who provide the revenue that makes the creative ecology tick, and Murfie’s here to help.

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