Sir Howard Says RIAA Lawsuits Lead To Sony Music's Turnaround
from the economy?--what-economy? dept
Well, that was a disappointment. Back in July, we ran an article about how Sir Howard Stringer was trying to save Sony Music by coming in as an outsider and not just screaming "piracy". Instead, he had admitted that the industry had been angering its customers, and how the industry needed to be "reinvented from the ground up." That sounded good. However, now, he's going around saying that the RIAA lawsuits have turned around Sony Music and talking about how wonderful it is that all this "piracy" has been stopped. What happened to not calling it piracy and reinventing the music business? Apparently that was just a PR spin while the RIAA goons did their job. He also ignores the fact that the economy is clearly picking up and reports have shown that file sharing is on the rise again. The one good point in his speech is the realization that having multiple formats and standards for music download stores doesn't do anyone any good and that there needs to be some standardization. Of course, mp3s were the standard, but since the industry likes to believe everyone is a crook before they're a customer, that was no good for the recording industry.