The Real Culprit For The Decline In Music Sales? Video Games
from the it-ain't-piracy dept
Related to this, by the way, is that this shows what a lie it is for the recording industry to insist that hundreds of thousands of jobs are "lost" and millions in tax revenue goes missing because of its losses. If, for some reason, people continued to spend as much on music, then it's likely that the video game industry would be smaller, and the job "losses" would be there. In other words, those job "losses" in the music industry almost certainly turned into job gains in other sectors (which somehow never make it into those reports). And the "tax revenues" likely remain about the same, as the greater taxes paid by the video game industry make up for the smaller tax bill in the recording industry.
Now, this is a rather simplistic study of things, and a much more detailed study could be done to support the shift in consumer preference. But the simple claim that all of these losses are due to "piracy," rather than other competitive forces, has increasingly come under serious doubt.