Edgar Bronfman, When Will You Ever Learn?
from the nobody's-home dept
BusinessWeek has a fairly superficial interview with Edgar Bronfman that's notable on only a couple points. First is his contention that things written about him in the press don't bother him, which contrasts his later contention that "the press" doesn't accurately portray how he squandered his family's fortune. Of course, Edgar is a control freak, whether it's trying to control music pricing or how people can use content they've purchased, so to see him upset at something he can't control isn't surprising. Of course, our response to that would be don't say stupid things and not expect to get called out for it. And speaking of music pricing, Bronfman still doesn't seem to understand that he doesn't get to set retail prices, talking about the folly of Apple's insistence on uniform pricing. He says, though, that his company will experiment with what it will offer for different prices, things like "tracks with lyrics, tracks with videos, all kinds of things". This highlights a fundamental problem of the big record labels: their chronic inability to innovate at anything other than repacking the same content over and over, and trying to get consumers to pay for it multiple times.