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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    BillDivX, 3 Aug 2006 @ 11:51am

    2 things.

    first. I think we can safely say that the only music transaction the RIAA will be ok with is you spending 18 dollars at tower records, several times if you want it on your many devices.

    second. the music industry is NOT GOING to get it. it's too big. These are public companies, which must answer to shareholders for their profits (or lack thereof). Shareholders don't like to hear that they lost thousands of dollars because the company took a risk on an up and coming innovator in music. They'd rather milk the tried and true crap that they know they can push on impressionable teenagers.

    Large corporations being in charge of choosing whos music deserves to be heard, will never lead to anything but over-produced, generic crap. Real good music is out there, but it's not in the mainstream. it's underground. it hasn't been mainstream since the early 70's. Once classic rock exploded and companies made millions on rock, they weren't willing to let go of it and allow innovation to continue. Same crap as microsoft not wanting to let go of control of windows, for fear that they wouldn't be able to control the industries innovation, and therefore, be left behind from lack of agility.

    However, I think, in the end, as the internet invades more homes, and more people begin to understand technology, slowly, they will be left behind anyway. In 10 years, there will be new ways to get famous as a band, that don't require selling your soul to a major corporation. It's starting already, in the form of places like myspace. Right now people view them mostly as "high school kids" on there, making friends and dating, but a lot of musicians are on there, social networking their way to fame and fortune. It needs a better model to support it, but the grass roots movement is there right now.

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