Groovy CDs

To settle a price-fixing lawsuit, five record companies and three retail chains agreed to donate CDs to schools and libraries. Nobody asked librarians what they wanted, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

California schools and libraries are slated to receive 665,000 free CDs starting this week as part of a $143 million antitrust settlement with music companies.

But some Bay area librarians think they’re getting stuck with moldy tunes the record labels couldn’t sell.

The San Francisco Public Library, for instance, will get 91 copies of a ’60s rock compilation (“Feelin’ Groovy”), 81 copies of an album by reality TV star Jessica Simpson (“Irresistible”) and 73 copies of a “Christmas with Yolanda Adams.” By contrast, it will receive only single copies of hundreds of other selections, like jazz great Louis Armstrong’s “I Love Jazz.”

San Jose Public Library San Jose will receive 106 copies of eight different albums, such as Lenny Kravitz’s “Lenny” and Ricky Martin’s “Sound Loaded.”

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  1. I wonder if the lawyers are taking their fees in CDs?

  2. SuperSub says:

    No, the lawyer’s are taking their fees in all the cash that the actual customers didn’t get from the settlement. With the 12 bucks I got, I can’t even buy a new CD.
    And weren’t the companies supposed to lower prices as a result fo the settlement? I haven’t noticed anything.

  3. Let’s see….lawyers take cash…record companies save on disposal fees for unsalable outdated inventory…schools and libararies get the shaft.

    Sounds like a typical class action settlement. How could a court sign off on something like this with a straight face?

  4. carol mcl says:

    That is so crappy. Libraries and other benficiaries ought to be able to pick from a catalog instead. I got about $46! Dinner for my boyfriend and I.

  5. maybe the libraries can threaten to send copies of “Feelin’ Groovy” or the Jessica Simpson disk to patrons who don’t return their books on time?

    I’m not surprised this happened. Disgusted, but not surprised. (I think I got $12 from the suit myself. As most of the disks I buy these days are from Naxos and other little-known classical music labels, I was actually able to buy a disk with what I got.)

  6. Walter E. Wallis says:

    At the conclusion of every class action lawsuit they should require the attorneys to personally deliver the winnings to everyone in the class before they can receive any money themselves.

  7. The Milwaukee Public Library put a few of these stupid CDs into the collection, but most of them wound up at the Friends of the Library store. Total value probably less than the books we donated.