Letter: Why CDs cost more in Britain

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Sir: As well as questioning the high price of CDs, I hope somebody will challenge the music industry on the artificial unavailability of vinyl LPS. There are still very many people who are keen to buy their music on vinyl because they are not one of the 23 per cent owning a CD player or believe CDs are too costly. The availability of different media on which to buy music means consumers can choose not to buy the CD if they think it overpriced; if the vinyl equivalent is not made available, however, the only choice is to pay pounds 14 for the CD or go without.

It is time that the availability of vinyl was questioned, for while CD is the only viable medium available to us the industry can charge whatever price it pleases.

Yours faithfully,

JOHN CHALLIS

Bradford, West Yorkshire

11 May

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