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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    RIAA SuX1, 6 Apr 2007 @ 12:59pm

    Riaa shot itself in the head

    Because of what they did to Napster I still haven't bought another music cd and I rarely listen to the crappy ass radio.The riaa is a dinosaur go away we got tired of your thievery. Ironic isn't it the the distributor was the crook.When it gets to 10 cents a song then I might start listening to music again but not that crap rap. I thought when Napster showed up I might have been able to go to a record store and have them burn me a cd of all the songs I like.But that just didn't happen,instead the dinosaur went on a rampage and bought senators and judges to do their bidding.Wow all that power and the riaa is still a village idiot.

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