Record Store Owners Blame RIAA For Destroying The Music Industry

from the nice-work dept

It's not like it hasn't been said many times before, but it's nice to see the NY Times running an opinion piece about the RIAA from a pair of record store owners which basically points out how at every opportunity, the RIAA has made the wrong move and made things worse:
The major labels wanted to kill the single. Instead they killed the album. The association wanted to kill Napster. Instead it killed the compact disc. And today it's not just record stores that are in trouble, but the labels themselves, now belatedly embracing the Internet revolution without having quite figured out how to make it pay.
Also, it's not every day that you see a NY Times piece use the word "boneheadedness" to describe the strategy of an organization. At this point, this story has been so obvious for so long, it's worth asking why anyone (well, mainly policy makers in DC) still bother listening to the RIAA. If you could have scripted out the worst possible strategy to damage your own industry, I don't think you could have planned anything worse than what the RIAA has actually done.

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    James, 6 Apr 2007 @ 3:01pm

    Don't buy their crap

    I've said it over and over... the best way to teach these guys a lesson is to NOT BUY ANY CDs or DVDs.. simply refuse.

    When their sales drop in half, perhaps they will rethink their strategies. You can't sue ppl for simply NOT buying your crap.

    Yes this will hurt/continue to hurt the record stores, well its unfortunate they aligned themselves with such a-holes.

    It'd be nice to see major artists rethink their recording contracts and sell their music on their own website (and/or through a 3rd party) as mp3 files. Most artists make much of their $$ on t-shirts and concerts tickets than the scant $$ the RIAA is paying them per CD anyways.

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