Music Industry Getting The Wrong Message About Albums

from the better,-not-fewer dept

It’s no surprise that the music industry appears to be misunderstanding the data they’re seeing. They’ve discovered (finally!) that many consumers of music feel that the albums they buy contain way too much filler that they don’t want. It’s true. That’s part of the reason why people get so upset about spending $18 for an album where they only like one or two songs. Of course, the industry’s response is backwards. They’re now telling musicians to put fewer songs on their albums. Maybe someone should clue them in to the fact that if there are only one or two good songs on an album, and you put fewer songs on that album, there are still only going to be one or two good songs on that album. The issue is not that there are too many songs on each album, but that there are too many bad songs on an album. The proper response is not to put fewer songs on the CD, but to put better songs on the CD. Despite what the music industry thinks, I still get annoyed when I buy a CD and discover it only has 30 minutes of music. I want CDs that have more content – but maybe that’s because I buy CDs from musicians (almost all of whom are non-RIAA affiliated) who produce quality music.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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Getting a little snobby here Mike. You only buy ‘quality’ music ? Maybe in your view, not others. And I doubt that being affliated with the RIAA has anything to do with whether a artist is putting out good or bad music. It’s typically more about what they’re contract calls for (established acts) or their agents demand (up and comers or flash in the pans).

Good is good, bad is bad. Where the next Beatles, Elvis, Clapton, Springsteen, etc are is anyone’s guess, including yours and the RIAA.

You are a very strong advocate of ‘anti’ RIAA music and music sharing or musicians publishing/distributing their own material. Do you have a website or link you’re willing to put up so the rest of us can sample these wonderful delights ?

Anonymous Coward says:

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I’ve always found that “quality music” is a very subjective kind of notion. I mean, i’ve always hated Madonna’s stuff but then she’s sold millions of CD’s so someone out there really likes her stuff and thinks she put’s out “quality music.” Same for people who like Country or Rap which aren’t my cup of tea. So no matter how much music companies would want to put out good music, most of it is going to be garbage and then you’ll find a very nuggets of gold somewhere in that whole bunch. Actually, it’s pretty much a metaphore in life generally. You pretty much have to wade through all the detrius, before you can find anything of value.

Gene Hoffman (user link) says:

The real reason

The real reason that the record industry is asking artists to reduce the number of songs on an album is to reduce costs. If the selling price goes down – which it is and will – then they would like to cut underlying costs. Two major costs are the publishing royalties paid on bad songs and the recording/production costs on those same songs.

The royalties are a real issue as they are paid on every CD minted, not just sold.


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