6 Reasons Why Music Ownership Matters

Why own music in the digital age? When you buy digital downloads or streaming subscriptions, you’re sacrificing important benefits that are tied to ownership.

Buying CDs and vinyl gives you several ownership rights, and with the Murfie service, you don’t have to choose between owning music and the convenience of streaming and download access. In short, Murfie exists to give your physical collection the cloud upgrade it deserves. We rip your CDs and vinyl and upload the music to your Murfie account for you to download and stream on all your devices.

But still, why even start with owning CDs and vinyl when you can just download and stream music? Here are six reasons why ownership still matters in the digital age.

  1. Your music will always be yours.

You can obtain digital music in a snap nowadays. Whether it’s streaming with a service, or listening to digital tracks you bought online, you have access to the music—as long as the service exists.

If you’re renting your music with a streaming service and the service closes, or you decide not to subscribe anymore, you end owning nothing. If you bought a digital download somewhere, you won’t have access to re-download that music after the service is no more. Even if the service stays put, oftentimes you’re limited in the number of times you can download.

When you buy CDs and vinyl records, you’ve made a real investment in your music. These are properties you truly own and control. Your money is well-spent, and Murfie helps maximize the enjoyment of the music you own by moving it to the cloud for you. And if you’d rather not store the physical disc on a shelf at home, well, store it here at Murfie!

  1. The quality is better.

Let’s take a look at popular music services and their bitrates, shall we? iTunes = 256 kbps. Amazon = 256 kbps. Spotify = 160 kbps (ouch!). Spotify does have 320 kbps available to subscribers who pay $9.99/month.

At Murfie, your CDs and vinyl are ripped in lossless FLAC format, providing 1411 kbps of audio quality. FLAC is a favorite of audiophiles who enjoy the highest quality music they can get. At no extra cost, you get unlimited downloads of your Murfie collection in FLAC, ALAC, 320 kbps mp3, and aac, and free streaming in 320 kbps mp3. We too have a paid streaming tier for $10/month—but it’s lossless FLAC streaming of course!

  1. You’re not limited to a device or service.

Buying downloads or a streaming subscription limits your listening in key ways. Many services are walled gardens that make it difficult to transfer your files when you change devices. When you own your music, you’re always in control of where, when and how to listen to it.

  1. There’s no “Buyer Beware” terms and conditions.

Did you read the terms and conditions? When you purchase digital content online, you’re agreeing to whatever that fine print clearly (or not so clearly) says. Sometimes the fine print gives the vendor rights to alter or take away what you purchased. The “Buy” button itself historically implies ownership, but that’s not true anymore.

  1. You have rights to sell, trade, or gift.

Ever heard of the first sale doctrine? It allows you to sell your CDs and records if you no longer want them. It’s a freedom that we as consumers deserve. At Murfie, you can buy any CD, stream it, and return it within 24 hours if it’s not for you. You can also decide what CDs you no longer want and sell them on the site. We also have a nifty gifting feature that lets you gift an album to a friend!

  1. You can will your music to your next of kin.

Unless you own your music, you won’t be able to pass it on to someone after you die. The fate of digital assets after death has lately become a buzz topic. Your Murfie collection, in all its digital glory, comes from your physical CDs and vinyl with ownership rights attached to them—so you can will your music just like the contents of a safety deposit box. It’s yours, after all!

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Music Collection

Spring is almost here…the official first day is March 20th! I know that most folks—especially us in Wisconsin—have been looking forward to this for months!

Spring cleaning has become a yearly tradition all over the world. It’s an opportunity to open the windows and shake the dust off everything in the house from top to bottom. It’s therapeutic—beneficial for your mind and physical health, for all kinds of reasons.

Don’t overlook your music collection when you spring clean this year. Your CDs and vinyl deserve to be checked, re-assessed, and re-organized. You may not have noticed how much your collection has grown over time, piece by piece. Here are some tips for how to sell the titles you no longer want, and breathe new life into your old favorites!

CDs

white_square_yellowDownsize. Figure out which titles are just taking up space since you don’t listen to them anymore. Order a seller’s kit to sell CDs to Murfie members, or sell your CDs directly to Murfie. You’ll earn money from each sale that can be cashed out or used in the marketplace.

white_square_yellowDigitize. Send your remaining collection to Murfie, where it will be ripped and uploaded to your personal account for high quality downloads and streams. Stream your music on the web, our apps for iOS and Android, Sonos, and even more devices. Download your music in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC to listen offline.

white_square_yellowDeclutter. Store your discs at Murfie and free up some space. Enjoy anytime/anywhere digital access to your music. Your collection will always remain yours, we’re just storing it for you along with any album art you send—and you can request your physical collection back anytime!

Vinyl 

white_square_yellowClean. Those ol’ vinyl records can become quite dusty over the years. If you send them to Murfie, we’ll use our multi-brush wet cleaning system to remove any dust that might be damaging the quality of your records.

white_square_yellowDigitize. After we clean and digitize your records, you can enjoy streaming on all your devices, and downloads in various formats. We remove pops, clicks, and background noise. Get started by ordering a vinyl kit.

white_square_yellowDeclutter. Just as we store CDs, we’ll safely store any vinyl records you leave with us while you enjoy convenient digital access. Don’t forget, they always remain yours—so request them back whenever you want!

Get organized this spring, and give your collection the cloud treatment it deserves! Get an instant quote for digitization on our CD shipping kit page and vinyl shipping kit page. As for the CDs you don’t want to hang on to anymore, order a seller’s kit to get ’em outta your house asap!

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New to Me: Newly-found music gems

It’s funny when you stumble across music that’s new to you, only to find out it’s been around a while! That’s happened to us here more than once.

Sometimes these discoveries are intentional. For example, it can be as simple as finally getting around to checking out a band you’ve been meaning to check out, and getting a copy of their album. But other times it’s not-so-intentional. Since thousands of members all across the country send CDs here, we have an incredibly eclectic mix of albums and artists, including some of the rarest stuff you can find. Often, we’ve found ourselves accidentally discovering something awesome!

Bad BrainsKayla found Bad Brains by Bad Brains

I was initially drawn to the awesome rasta-colored cover art on this album. I found out Bad Brains is influential hardcore punk / reggae crossover band from the 80s who inspired bands like Sublime. Skunk Records’ 30th Anniversary set at Cali Roots Fest in May 2014 was shrouded in mystery, and said to have “surprise performances.” During the set, a group came out and started playing the song “Leaving Babylon,” sung by someone I recognized as H.R. Everyone around me was wondering who this surprise guest was, so of course I said “Bad Brains!”

6 Feet Deep GravediggazAndrew found 6 Feet Deep by Gravediggaz

I started listening to hip-hop just a couple years ago and for the most part my friends introduced me to newer acts like Danny Brown and Kendrick Lamar. After exploring the genre on my own for a couple years, I’ve found that I also really appreciate older artists like Jurassic 5 and A Tribe Called Quest. I had never heard of Gravediggaz until a couple weeks ago, but it caught my attention when I noticed that Prince Paul and RZA, two of my favorite producers from the genre’s earlier days, were members of the group. It was cool to find music from 20 years ago that I didn’t even know existed but was still relevant to my taste.

Something Else The KinksJeff found Something Else by The Kinks

I can’t believe I went 36 years without hearing “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks, but all was put right thanks to a recent recommendation from ex-Opster, Elsa. Now I sing it to my dogs on a daily basis: “Everyday I chomp at the world out my windooooow!”

What’s a gem that you found on Murfie? Let us know in the comments!

How To Promote Your Murfie Shop

Putting your CD collection up for sale on Murfie is fun, but actually selling your collection is even more fun! And promoting your personal shop using Facebook, Twitter and Craigslist is a great way to do just that.

Facebook

If Facebook is your forte, all you have to do is locate your shop URL on your profile page and then include that URL in any statuses you post about your collection.

Twitter

If Twitter is more your cup of tea, again simply find your shop URL on your profile page and include it in any subsequent tweets you make about the albums you’re selling.

Craigslist

Craigslist is another fantastic way to promote your personal shop, especially because posting an ad to Craigslist doesn’t cost a cent.

To set up your shop, go to http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites. Then, select the city in which you want your ad to be posted. Keep in mind that you can only post in one city.

Next, you’ll want to click “post to classifieds,” which is in the upper left corner of Craigslist’s homepage. You’ll then want to choose the “for sale” option for your posting type, and the “cds/dvds/vhs” option for your posting category.

After you’ve completed the set up, fill out the posting form with a unique title and description. Be sure to include your shop’s URL in the description, as well as what music you’re selling.

Once you’ve submitted your post, you’ll be sent an email with a link that allows you to make any last minute changes to your posting, if needed. Craigslist also allows you to repost your ad every 48 hours.

Selling CDs

With the right mix of promotion and quality albums for sale, you’ll have a recipe for success, and some money in the bank!

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How to Sell CDs on Murfie: The All-Encompassing Guide

 
It’s happened to the best of us: You’re scrolling through your Murfie collection, and bam!, you realize you’ve wound up with two copies of CarpentersThe Singles: 1969-1973; or you’re an ex-Beatles, newly-converted Stones fan, and you’re finally ready to ditch your once cherished copy of Revolver.

Well, here’s great news for you: Not only can you store your CD collection with Murfie, but you can sell it, too.

Selling Your CDs

Once you’ve made the decision that you’re ready to sell some CDs, the process is simple. To begin, sign in to murfie.com and click “Your Collection” on the header.

You’ll now see your prized Murfie collection. Once you’ve scrolled through your albums and found the one you’d like to sell, look to the right of the album’s artwork. If the album hasn’t been downloaded or shipped, you’ll see an area titled “View Selling Options.”

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Once you’ve clicked “View Selling Options,” a range of dollar values will appear.

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From here, you can select any dollar amount that you want to sell your CD for. At Murfie, we recommend that you put your CD for sale at the lowest price that it’s currently selling for. To find out what this lowest value is, simply move your peepers up two lines above the selling options to the where it says “Selling for.” This section will show you the current low and a high selling prices. If you’re lucky enough to be the only seller of your particular CD, however, this “Selling for” area will instead read, “Be the only seller!”

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After you’ve selected your desired price, check the “For Sale” box. Congratulations! You now have an album for sale.

Do you want to save time and avoid pricing your own discs? Email info@murfie.com and ask for Easy Price. We’ll automatically price your CDs at a fair market value, and you should see sales almost immediately.

What To Expect After Your CD Has Sold

The first thing to do after you’ve sold a CD on Murfie is to congratulate yourself. High five your cat, pat yourself on the back or pop that bottle of bubbly—you sold a CD!

In your account balance, you’ll notice that you’ve received credit for 70% of the listed price of your CD. Murfie keeps the other 30% as commission. Any credit you earn from the sale, however, is yours to use: You can either put that credit to good use by buying other CDs, or you can cash it out as a check.

To cash your credit, click on your name in the upper left corner of the site, and select “Shipping” from the drop-down menu. After you’ve filled out your shipping info, head over to “Balance,” which can be found in the same drop-down menu. If you have a positive balance, you’ll see a green button that says “Request Check.” And once you’ve clicked that button, your balance will change back to $0 and you’ll receive your check within 2 weeks.

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Don’t Forget

Once you’ve sold your CD on Murfie, you will no longer be able to access that particular disc for streaming or downloading, since the buyer now owns that disc. If it helps, think of Murfie as a used record store, but online—and even better!

CDs and Fruitcake

CDs include a variety of content, last forever, and many of us have received them as gifts. Some we love to listen to, and others we hate. They are also all inedible—entirely unsuited for human consumption.

This makes CDs we hate much like Fruitcake. In fact, unless we throw away a lot of fruitcake, we would probably all have as much or more of it than we have CDs we don’t like. We’re certainly never going to eat the CDs, or the fruitcake.

The CEO of International Fruitcake Machines once said, “I think there is a world market for maybe 5 fruitcakes”—and he was probably wildly optimistic.

There’s nothing to be done about the massive fruitcake surplus, it’s just one of the many traditions that makes the holiday such a boost to the economy. But for the CDs, there is a solution: Murfie.

CDs you don’t like are unlike fruitcake in one very important respect: Somebody likes your CD, even if you don’t. This gives you a great alternative to throwing them away (or, heaven forbid, eating them).

So here is a refresher on sending discs* to Murfie, where you can keep the discs you love, and sell, trade, or even just give away the less palatable ones to folks who find them more to their taste.

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*Sorry, due to weak fruitcake demand Murfie does not offer fruitcake kits at this time.
Special thanks to Preston Austin for the article idea :)

Sell CDs Without Art and Cases

When we talked to one of our Murfie members, Mike, a few months ago and asked how he discovered our service, his intentions were very precise: “I am a CD seller and have sold tens of thousands over the internet, so I was looking for an outlet for those that I get that are missing artwork.

In an article for PC Magazine, author Damon Poeter notes that “Amazon, like other online buyers of used CDs, wants the jewel boxes and cover art included in your original purchase from way back when. Scratched discs will likely be rejected, as well.

So what about your CDs with misplaced artwork? What about the CD cases you’ve thrown away when you decided to move all the album art and discs into one of those snazzy CD binders? It’s totally realistic to assume that not everyone has kept their entire CD collection 100% intact over the years, for one reason or another.

At Murfie, we’ll accept all your CDs! If your Crash album by Dave Matthews is missing the back art, or Tigerlily by Natalie Merchant is all scratched up from sliding around your dashboard, it’s going to be ok! Say it with me: It’s—going—to—be—O—K.

Here’s why:

  • We use AccurateRip technology and scratch repair tools to get excellent CD-quality digital rips of your albums
  • The discs are stored in paper sleeves in our warehouse, so all plastic CD cases are recycled anyway
  • Murfie (coming from the acronym MRF: Material Recycling Facility) is all about taking CDs off your hands, storing them on our shelves instead of yours, and converting them to the digital age!

Neat, huh? All you have to do is order a Shipping Kit to get started. We’ll convert your CDs to digital files, and post your collection online for you to view and manage. Your CDs can be sold in your personal shop, downloaded (FLAC, ALAC, mp3, aac), streamed (at home or on the go with our apps), or traded for new ones!