Time To Recognize That The Recording Industry Is Not The Music Industry

from the remember-that dept

For a while now, we've tried very carefully to not make the mistake that is common in the press (and among politicians) to assume that "the recording industry" (i.e., the record labels) is "the music industry." The two are quite different. In fact, by almost every measure, the music industry has been thriving over the past few years, while the recording industry is in rapid decline. And yet, the two are regularly confused. So it's nice to see a new paper come out arguing that it's time to stop inappropriately using "the music industry" to only discuss or identify a small subsegment of the overall music industry. This is important -- because when you realize that the recording industry is only a piece of the puzzle, it suddenly makes you realize that the RIAA does not, in fact, represent "the music industry" at all, but rather a tiny segment of the industry.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2010 @ 2:23am

    I heard that Digital Video Recorders are all the rage.

    See! The recording industry is booming!

     

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    Blatant Coward (profile), Jan 20th, 2010 @ 3:39am

    Forwarrrrrrrrrrrrd the Lobbiests!

    In truth, there is no money.

    But hey, you might get lucky and a recording star will copy this posting after "deep soul searching of their feelings, and months of intensive research of the facts on the issue."

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Jan 20th, 2010 @ 6:25am

    ?

    What the hell is going on with the comments lately? There appears to have been some kind of influx into retard land the past few days....

     

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    byte^me (profile), Jan 20th, 2010 @ 6:45am

    Re: ?

    And this is new? It seems like the majority of the comments have been that way for a while......

     

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    diabolic, Jan 20th, 2010 @ 7:09am

    Re: ?

    Is it just the comments? Perhaps the content draws a certain crowd. When is the last time you saw a new idea here?

     

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    senshikaze (profile), Jan 20th, 2010 @ 8:44am

    Re: Re: ?

    i would say that their is no such thing as a new idea, so how could we possibly find one?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2010 @ 9:16am

    Re: ?

    Well, someone has to fill in the The Anti Mike Gap.

     

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    SeanG (profile), Jan 20th, 2010 @ 9:27am

    I recently blogged about this myself. The RIAA are like politicians. I want to vomit in my shoes whenever I hear a politician claim they are representing "the American People" like they know what we all want and that we all want the same thing. The RIAA and it's superstar artists do the same thing but they don't know me, they don't know what I need and want. And that's why they are failing. At least politicians get elected.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2010 @ 9:44am

    Re: Re: Re: ?

    Maybe fresh is a better word than new. Whatever.

     

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    Adam Wexler (profile), Jan 20th, 2010 @ 11:44am

    i've been saying this for a number of years and glad to see it is being discussed again.

    i think a similar dilemma exists in the digital music space, where common perception of "digital music startups" have led others to believe streaming sites right away. yet, there's plenty of other digital music startups flourishing that do not require hefty licensing, etc fees.

    hopefully everybody will wake up to that fact as well!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2010 @ 12:00pm

    Re: ?

    Most of us have regular jobs. The new fiscal quarter began and we're working on new budgets and projects.

     

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    manicdrums (profile), Jan 20th, 2010 @ 1:35pm

    It's all about perspective...

    True, from the Recording Industry's own point of view, business is on the decline, but a reliable source last year stated that "up to 25% of the current Music Industry business falls outside the existing infrastructure." And this figure is growing, much to the concern of the establishment. Maybe they should have invested in their futures more wisely?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2010 @ 3:19pm

    Re: ? (Smarmy Comments? Why yes, much expected.)

    Indeed.
    To me, this phenomenon and course of events are typical both when I stop commenting, or in real life, when I finish a project/job. Typically, people who think they are very smart will attempt to fill the void of my presence with regurgitated comments and half analyzed talking points based on their 15-degree perspective. (Perhaps if the 'comment that broke the camels back' could be captured in a picture, it may be perceived as something like this.) At which point, I say, "Okay, sure you're right, so have at it and prove your point." I shut up and in turn, successive ideas earn a type of smarmy pretension and various levels of scorn which are very fulfilling and the feeling can't be bought at any price.

    All of which make me feel somewhat pleased inside.

     

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    Koozies, Jan 20th, 2010 @ 6:50pm

    So great!

    So great post ! I get a lot of good info from your post. So smart !
    I love music. It is my closest friend sharing sadness or happiness during my life . So relax with music. I love Rock !

     

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