I'm looking at purchasing a All Power to the People AP2P's latest album on Beatport. Beatport however charges a ridiculous price of $9.75 (on top of the $9.99 for the album) if you wish to download it in a
.wav file format.
That's an obscene price. It's laughably absurd. My question is when the artist uploads to Beatport are they always uploading the wav format when this option is available to download as a wav? Or, is beat port simply decoding an mp3 to get the raw wav? Per the terms of agreement, B(2)(C) as of August 21, 2013,
C. be uploaded to the Beatport server per our instructions as an MP3, WAV or AIFF audio file format. Files must not include any viruses, corrupted files or other harmful software elements, and will not be returned.
Is Beatport taking an MP3, converting it to the wav form and selling it to their users for $9.75 premium?
There are few things that warrant the death penalty online, but converting a lossy format to a lossless one would certainly be one of those things in the Great Kingdom of Evanland Place.