Sony BMG Music is responding to declining Cd sales, the bad economy, illegal music downloading and other issues by marketing a new line of low priced Cds of classic music from the Sony catalog. Besides a low price often between $6-$8 retail at discount retailers, the "Playlist" series features great 14 song selections of greatest hits that often include the rarer single versions of songs, eco-friendly packaging, high quality remastered Cd sound quality unlike the poor sound quality of those compressed music downloads, plus bonus materials available Online.
The Daryl Hall & John Oates for example contains eight 45rpm single versions of their songs as well as one video mix version. These tracks are worth having because the normal album versions are different. The ELO 14 track "Playlist" Cd contains the single version of "Roll Over Beethoven" which is much shorter than the normal Cd album version. It's great to find this single version in Cd form. Other acts include Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Judas Priest, Cypress Hill, Cheap Trick, Heart and many other acts. For the low price, rarer single versions and other bonuses, the new Sony line of "Playlist" Cds are certainly worth owning. This is a great marketing and packaging angle from Sony.