Napster Hurts CD Sales
from the Stupid-arguments dept
So if you haven’t had enough Napster news and discussion, here’s another article on how the music industry is trying to protect their intellectual property. They’re saying that Napster has done “irreparable harm” since their singles sales have fallen 39% last year. Greed is so unbecoming….
Comments on “Napster Hurts CD Sales”
From the convienently-missing-information-dept
Album sales, which of course dwarf single sales, increased 3-4% last year.
Re: From the convienently-missing-information-dept
Napster works a hell of a lot better to get a single track or two than it does to grab an entire album, so these numbers are no surprise.
What a joke. Who the hell buys singles anyway? I don’t think this is indicative of very much. How much revenue did they lose from this “drop” in the sale of singles? Single sales have been dropping for years. They’re simply not popular, nor have they been for a long time. I don’t see how that implicates Napster in any way.
Re: Single Sales?
I agree. I always thought singles were a money grab anyway – four songs for $10. Though, after thinking about it, I think Napster did ‘hurt’ the singles market – people just went and downloaded the one song they wanted instead of buying it on an expensive disc with nothing on it. I think, though, the best quote is at the end of the story:
“To be honest, it wasn’t a great music year,” said Andreas Schmidt, chief of the e-commerce group at Bertelsmann, which has a financial stake in Napster. “There were some isolated events, but we didn’t put that much good stuff out.”