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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    Mousky, 3 Aug 2006 @ 11:27am

    Re: Re: Public Library

    It does not give the RIAA more ammo nor does it prove them right. The real question is: if the library did not carry CDs would your sister have purchased those CDs?

    When I was in university back in the last 80's, everybody in residence copied each others CDs onto cassette tapes. But we also bought a crapload of CDs. I can't recall going to the record store and NOT buying something. If DRM existed back then, it was unlikely that I would end up buying the CD version of the casette tapes. Maybe a few more CDs based on the money that I spent on buying blank cassette tapes, but nothing substantial. My budget was fixed. For me to buy more CDs would have meant cutting back on drinking or some other activity.

    In fact, because my musical tastes were exanded by the cassette tapes, I bought CDs and attended concerts that I would have never bought or attended in the first place.

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