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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  1. identicon
    Customer is always right, 3 Aug 2006 @ 12:29pm

    The biggest threat

    the music industries biggest threat is truth. The real reason why the music industry moans and groans about how priracy is because they want what they had before back. They want to the one hit wonders to still sell a full cd of crap songs so the end consumer gets one song they like and 14 they hate. If the end consumer can now buy the one song and not the rest then they lose out it's as simple as that. And when the big wigs execs in the music industry lose money then that cuts into the cash they can spend on their drugs.

    And lets face it a drug addict without their fix can be a scary thing and the government knows this...

    www.tinfoilhats.com

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