Every few months or so, we see yet another article talking about the end of the "album" concept
. The latest one comes from the NY Times, noting that even some record labels are signing artists to only record a couple songs at a time
. The article notes that many music listeners don't think in terms of albums any more, but rather think of "playlists" found on iPods or other music listening devices. Of course, what's not explained is why the industry doesn't shift to bundling up music and offering such playlists. If the concept of the playlist is replacing the album in the minds of consumers, why isn't the same thinking moving to the industry execs as well? Why not bring together DJs who can create compelling playlists of a variety of different bands, and offer that as a compelling value-added service? Oh... that's right, because the industry wants to throw those DJs in jail
Also of interest in the NY Times article is the following quote: "Another solution being debated in the industry would transform record labels into de facto fan clubs. Companies including the Warner Music Group and the EMI Group have been considering a system in which fans would pay a fee, perhaps monthly, to "subscribe" to their favorite artists and receive a series of recordings, videos and other products spaced over time."
Funny that some of us were suggesting exactly that concept
four years ago -- but we're still being told that the business models we're suggesting have no basis in reality.