I take your point and I’m a supporter of artists being paid for their creative copyright, 100%
I suppose the alternatives I was thinking of are labels, like Hyperion Records in the UK and BIS in Sweden. Like ECM both these labels support their artists ambitious recording projects and they both produce excellent engineered recordings. I know they are classical music sites but the idiom is not the point here.
Although each of these labels does not publish their recent catalogues through streaming services like Tidal & Qobuz, they do have their own download sites that sell their Hi-Res content at reasonable prices and you can also buy tracks separately rather than having to buy the whole album. What’s more, BIS will give a discount - Hi-res for the price of CD quality - if you buy it soon after release.
I’ve spent a great deal more money through these sites because of these incentives. That’s what I had in mind when thinking about ECM’s marketing policy. I would buy a lot more from ECM if they had more flexibility in how they sell their catalogue.
Why isn’t there an ECM download site for instance? Their back catalogue of excellent recordings is huge.