Will People Actually Sell Their Old MP3s? Redigi Sure Hopes So

Last Updated on: 19th January 2018, 10:19 am

Here’s a strange idea. Instead of just deleting all that digital music you don’t want anymore, why not sell it? Yes, sell it, like you would with your old tapes and CDs by taking them to a place like The Beat Goes On.

There’s a site called Redigi that’s trying to make a business out of doing exactly that. here’s a video explaining how it all works.

ReDigi.com short for Recycling Digital Music – Rather than discarding music on your harddrive. We are not interested in melting down plastic, turning objects into other objects and so on.. all we are interested in is your MUSIC! We just want to take your unwanted or unused music and reuse them by finding a place where they can continue to provide benefits to others that can appreciate all that we have to offer on ReDigi.com Simply said, we will buy all your mp3 files right from your computer! The future is here, a new marketplace for people to buy new music and sell their used music.

The idea of reselling something you can make infinite copies of is hard for me to get my head around, but I’ll admit it’s interesting. Saving a few pennies on something that’s going to always be in perfect condition is tempting, but at the same time, it literally is only a few pennies. Is a few cents difference going to mean that much to people? I’m sure it will for some since folks (myself included at times) are pretty cheap, but I’m just not sure about this idea of giving something up to get the really deep discounts.

Digital music isn’t like physical media. It doesn’t clog up space in your house in the same way. It takes drive space, but the more technology advances, the more that doesn’t really matter. Right now, you can store a bazillion songs on something the size of my thumb. You don’t need to build shelves to hold it all, you just need a tiny spot in your desk or on a night table. Unlike before, there’s no need to downsize a collection. If there’s something you aren’t into right now, move it somewhere else and don’t listen to it. You can always come back to it later without having to wonder why you got rid of it and then buying it again.

I could be wrong, but I see Redigi as more a buying option than a selling option. And with the business model they seem to be working under, I’m not sure how long they can survive that way. If new content for the site is tied closely to people getting rid of things, they may find it hard to come by. I rarely just chuck music nowadays. If I don’t want to hear it I can skip it, and there’s probably going to be somebody over here who’ll ask for it sooner or later anyway, so it makes sense to keep it around. I can’t be the only one who thinks that way, and that’s the major problem I see these folks having.

I wish them luck and give them credit for trying something different. I’m pretty sure I’ll try it out to see what the selection is like, but I really think they have a big uphill battle ahead of them.

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