After Accusing Them Of Being Criminals For Years, Record Labels Want Kids To Shill For Them On MySpace

from the somehow,-I-think-not dept

Do the record labels really not realize how much they've pissed off their best customers for the last decade? It would appear so, because they're now hoping that the kids they've alienated for all these years will become shills for them on MySpace and other social networks, pushing all their friends to buy music as well. That might have worked years ago, but these days it seems like plenty of kids have been so turned off by buying music from record labels that treat them like criminals first, that it seems like an uphill road to convince them to not just start buying music, but shilling for the record labels as well. Especially as reports are coming out that legal purchases have stagnated as unauthorized downloads have continued to grow -- it's hard to believe that the record labels are suddenly going to get everyone over to their side this easily.


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    Sanguine Dream, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 12:50pm

    Stick and carrot...

    They've used the stick for so long that kids don't care about the carrot enough to give it a second glance.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 12:55pm

    reality check

    Most of them do not pay for music. So, in a way, they are criminals. And, the vast majority of them are not affected by the record labels. Oh, the suffering and hardships, when will they end?

     

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    hank, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 12:56pm

    They finally get it - bloggers will become the new

    This plays into the theory that they want to kill net radio because they have little control over the playlists, They finally get it - bloggers will become the new FM radio - but they still want to influence the playlists.

     

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    GoblinJuice, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 1:35pm

    ROTFLMAO!

    Literally. =D

     

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    Elepski, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 1:43pm

    Ohhhh the karma

    they acted without thought.. and now they will lose their billions....

    don't buy music... don't listen to the radio... support independent artist

     

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    Car'a'carn, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 1:55pm

    Entrapment?

    And once kids start playing the tunes on social networks, I'm sure the recording industry will look to charge them royalty fees, which if they don't pay, I'm sure will inevitably result in a copyright infringement law suit. And this of course would further alienate kids...thus the cycle repeats.

     

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    kneeL, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 2:07pm

    Re: reality check

    Uh no. Why don't you see who the real criminals are here. The cooporations ripping off America. Not the kids who take advantage of resources that are available to them. I would hve Downloaded tons of stuff too if the internet existed when I was a kid

     

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    Mudlock, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 2:22pm

    A Sucker Born Every Minute

    Nice spin, but, the "kids" the labels harassed for years have/are grown up (which is what happens when you add years and kids together), and been replaced with new kids who don't know the devil they're dealing with.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 4:08pm

    Re: Re: reality check

    That makes perfect sense. Let me use your logic:

    Uh no. Why don't *you* see who the real criminals are.


    And now back to reality:

    Please find another way to justify downloading copyrighted music with something other than taking "advantage of resources that are available to them".

     

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    Jhecht, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 4:22pm

    wow

    Record labels must be incredibly stupid in order to believe that after prosecuting us, our parents, and any friends we had near at the time, we would want to go down to stores or use iTunes to buy songs.

    What level of idiocy must the executives have in order to believe that alienation leads to customers? I can't believe how dumb some people truly are..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 31st, 2007 @ 7:24pm

    Re: Ohhhh the karma

    That independent artist may well be on a label one day wanting to sell his music so he can eat or feed his family.

     

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    PaulT, Aug 1st, 2007 @ 12:46am

    Re: reality check

    Erm, that's exactly the kind of thinking that got the RIAA into this mess in the first place - the assumption that all kids are downloading music, therefore they're all criminals. Don't pander to their way of thinking. Music downloading is no worse than when I used to copy CDs to tape in the 90s or record from the radio in the 80s, yet I still gave them (a lot of) my money. No more though thanks to their actions - independent only for me now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 1st, 2007 @ 4:57am

    Re: reality check

    "Most of them do not pay for music"

    Where's your proof moron? Come back to reality when you stop talking out of your arsehole.

    Idiot.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 1st, 2007 @ 5:15am

    Re: Re: Ohhhh the karma

    "That independent artist may well be on a label one day wanting to sell his music so he can eat or feed his family."

    That independent artist may well just do fine without a label and sell his music through some alternative source and still be able to eat and feed his family.

    Got any more?

     

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    Jonny, Aug 1st, 2007 @ 9:47pm

    ...

    People say it's stealing...ok. I'll be honest here, I really couldn't care less.

    Are you telling me artists aren't making any money?

    There will always be people who will pay to download music, who will buy CDs/DVDs...blah blah...I'm just not one of them.

    If something is easily accessible and free...who are you to judge people for taking it? Fool you I say!

     

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    GoblinJuice, Aug 2nd, 2007 @ 7:16am

    Re: Re: Ohhhh the karma

    By the time an indy artist goes mainstream, I've lost interest. =)

     

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