Malaysia Lowers CD Prices

The Malaysian government has decreed a new maximum price for CDs sold there. And it’s a significant cut in price from the previous ceiling. Artists are trying to be philosophical: “Without compromising on quality, we can still release a good album. But instead of recording 10 songs at the cost of RM50,000, we can produce five songs under RM25,000. It’s just a matter of choosing between quality and quantity. After all, who said an album should comprise 10 songs? And for this new format to work, the industry should work together and not go against one another.”