This is a really great article.
The industry has put up some artist to cry this same tune against downloading music.
I think the record companies should pay a heavy price for giving us crap like Backstreet Boys, Creed, Nsync, TLC, Billy Ray Cirus and a host of other garbage from the last 10 years.
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This artist (I'd never heard of him) makes the mistake to think that what goes for him goes for every one of his colleagues/competitors.
What he forgets is that while he as a relative unknown may gain audience by giving out part of his repertoire as MP3s, that will change once people start putting his entire CDs online.
CD sales here have slumped dramatically over the last few years, while sales of blank CDRs have gone up by more than the same amount and the downloading of MP3s has boomed.
While I am no fan of the recording industry (CDs are overpriced and the artists usually get next to nothing at least if they're not among the big boys) the trend is towards intellectual property theft and that's not good.
If an artist wants to make his work freely and openly available that is his right, but it does not give everyone the right to rip music off a CD and put it online without asking the copyright owner...
And that's where the battle is, to prevent people from ripping CDs and putting the content online as MP3s or otherwise, not to prevent artists from making their work available through their own channels (though the recording industry would like to stop that too as it is costing them, they can't legally do so unless they make artists sign a contract that they can't distribute through any other means and such a contract might not be legal).
Curious. The record companies have this attitude and yet some artists, Radiohead and Pete Townshend to name but two, actively embrace it, and offer free downloads on their websites all the time. their view is that only the committed fans or newcomers will bother to do so, and if they like what they hear, they'll buy the CD's anyway, either online or from a shop.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Ummm, sorry, I don't buy the RIAA's claim that record sales went down last year because of MP3's. I don't know if anyone there has noticed, but our economy is in the toilet right now. Massive layoffs and stocks plumetting are everyday events right now.
Maybe, could it be, that record sales are down because people have less disposable income to spend on luxury items?
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I second that motion Superfly, vinyl all the way...
Onto the other issue however, there are a variety of factors that has resulted in the slump in CD sales including a slumping economy and the availability of MP3 trading, but the other factor is that most of the music coming out does not meet the expectations. If I'm going to spend $18 on a CD it better have 7-9 good tracks, not just 2 good tracks and a bunch of filler. That's why if it was available I wouldn't mind paying to download music based on a micropayment idea. I may like "Hard-Knock Life" by Jay-Z but am not going to buy the whole album just to satisfy that need, when it's the only song I like (no offence, just an example).
just my take...
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