Latest Threat To The Music Industry: CDs

from the lalalala dept

We've talked before about the overhyped CD swapping site LaLa, and why it seemed unlikely to succeed. Services of this nature -- there have been several other attempts at the exact same thing -- tend to get filled up with the junk that people want to get rid of, as opposed to the CDs they really like, making them as popular as the dollar bin at the CD store. But a new report from IDC is sounding the alarm bells and warning the music industry that because these CDs are DRM-free (as virtually all are), people could copy them onto their computer before trading them. In fact, the IDC analyst is probably right that people will copy the CDs before trading, but then the whole of the used CD business is a threat too. And under that logic, even retailers of new CDs are contributing to the piracy problem. But then everything is already on P2P sites, which only need one person to upload an album for it to propagate; yet another person uploading Dark Side of the Moon, whether they got it through LaLa or Amazon, does nothing. If the music industry were serious about beating piracy, there's an easy solution: stop selling music. But assuming they don't want to take this drastic measure, they should look for fresh ways of selling music, as opposed to worrying that every new distribution model might contribute to piracy.

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    Andrew, 3 Aug 2006 @ 10:02am

    What a Pity

    "There hasn't been any good music recorded in over 30 years"

    What has this world come to? Music is like free speech, it should be free to hear, and free to express. Turning Music into a business ruins the whole point making it / listening to it. It shouldn't be treaded upon lightly.

    If we would take the Business side out of music, people might actually ENJOY buying a new album when it came out. Reason? The music would be GOOD, people would have a DESIRE to own a piece of it, and we all would CRAVE that wonderful glow music would give us upon listening.

    There is NOTHING like putting in a new cd of a band who you know makes music for the purpose of making music not money, and basking in the wonderfulness of the filling and renewing of your very soul

    I think the RIAA and MPAA should back off, and work to stop and sue those who just want fame and fast cash instead of good music. And all will be well when they form the business model of letting music SELL ITS SELF, instead of...

    "pushing crap music on the world"

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