Radiohead's Thom Yorke Explains How Recording Industry Milked CD Business
from the quotable dept
JJ sends in a short quote from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke about the music business:
“There’s a process of natural selection going on right now. The music business was waiting to die in its current form about twenty years ago. But then, hallelujah, the CD turned up and kept it going for a bit. But basically, it was dead.”
Bingo. The “recording industry” has basically been a “sell plastic discs” industry for way too long, and used the monopoly rents it received from the government to significantly overprice its products, and then lived fat and happy for many years. So, of course, when better, more efficient formats for distribution, recording, promotion and listening came along, it wanted absolutely nothing to do with them, because they didn’t present the same sort of monopoly rents.
And, that, of course has been the point we’ve been trying to make here for quite some time. This has always been a business model issue. The record labels lived off the CD business for so long that it refused to recognize that a better, more efficient system was showing up, because it meant giving up some easy profits.