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Ask The Swag Gal (October 17, 2009)

Posted by on Sat, October 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I know what you’re thinking — Swag Gal, are you still in Hawaii?! No, I’m not. But since I never got a chance to wrap up the great island vacation that was, I figured I would post one last time as though I were still there. You can’t a blame a girl for wanting to live vicariously through herself, can you? :-)

Today’s question comes to us from Swaggernaut TheLifeguard. He wrote in with the following dilemma:

when I go to stores to buy music I am always confused if I should buy the whole album of 10 songs for 7 dollars or just buy the ones I like and only spend 4 dollars.

Thanks for the question TheLifeguard! Sometimes it is hard to know how much of an album to buy, isn’t it? Nowadays you can go to iTunes and buy a song whenever the mood strikes. It’s a far cry from the way things used to work, when the only way to hear a song was to hope to catch it on the radio. And if the album you were looking for was popular, stores often sold out so you couldn’t buy music even when you wanted to! Sounds crazy now, but trust me — that’s the way it was for a long time.

Sadly, I can’t help you determine whether or not to buy a whole album or just a select few songs. For starters, who is the performance artist? If the music you’re looking for is a hot song from a new artist, then it may be risky to buy the whole album. Ever heard of 1-hit wonders? But, if the artist has a history of putting out quality albums, or if you’ve heard from a lot of friends that it’s a great album, then it may be worth the money to buy more of their material.

But the bigger reason why I can’t help you is that I don’t know what your financial situation is. Purchasing music is ultimately a luxury. After all, there are countless sites where you can hear music all day long. Even Swag Bucks offers you the way get great music, without spending so much as a single dime.

So buying music is a decision of personal finance, and you need to ultimately determine what kind of spending is right for you.

On a side note, one of the best parts about my recent trip to Hawaii was discovering some great music from performers I had never heard of. Listening to these songs brings me right back to places I’ve had the great pleasure of coming to know, from Turtle Bay to Waimea. Why, I can practically taste the Haleiwa Joe’s Shaved Ice as I write this!

Finally, we’re going to be changing up the Ask The Swag Gal feature starting next week. First off — we’re going to be offering the person whose question gets selected 15 Swag Bucks! Be sure to include your Swag Name in all your emails so we can credit your account! Secondly, I’ll be going back to posting exclusively on Wednesdays, so be sure to mark your calendars.

There’s never been more reasons to send in your questions about love, life, romance, shopping, and everything in between to See you soon!



SXSW in Austin, TX

Posted by on Thu, March 8th, 2007 at 11:19 pm
Next week is spring break for the music industry. Musicians, business men and all shady characters in-between head down to Austin, TX the week of March 14 for the annual SXSW Music Conference & Festival. Over a 1000 bands will be performing, most of whom nobody has ever heard of today, but will be all ... Read More »