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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    Comicfan, 7 Apr 2007 @ 10:03pm

    I'm sure there could be an argument to go on for years over all this. There is a point i'd like to make. Being that most of my music I grew up with is 70's and 80's bound, I am not going to go searching a music store and pay top dollar for this stuff any more. IF you can find it. I would think by now many artists are mainly retired, no longer alive, gave up on music, or were no longer popular and pushed out.

    This said, years ago, right before I quit buying CDs, Tapes, etc... I couldn't even find most of what I wanted from those eras and when I did, they were collectors editions that were upwards of hundreds of dollars. huh, yeah, i'm not a collector so don't think so.

    I still say I have a good idea, after so many years, if a certain group, record, etc...isn't selling, say 15 years even, then why not make it legal to download? Anything after, make illegal until the time line is passed. I'm not talking like the 50's becoming legal after all that time , I mean many of us will be dead by the time our music becomes legally free, lol. Hmmm, another RIAA plan? Nah.

    I honestly think this would be a good solution. I'm almost 40 and doubt i'll be attending any Poison concerts any time soon, buying albumsCDs, or cruisin' around with my buddies with my hair blowing in the wind. What's left of it would undoubtebly fall off. So why not let us older generations enjoy our music without paying up the nose? I did that back in the 80's.

    The RIAA and i'm sure some artists, are simply built on greed and won't do this anyway. The whole 10 dollars a year profits may benefit someone.


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