by Mike Masnick
Wed, Aug 5th 2009 10:50am
A bunch of folks have been sending in Charles Blow's NYTimes column about the supposed "death" of the music industry. However, Blow makes the most basic of errors: he appears to equate the music industry with the recording industry. He accepts RIAA numbers of when "sales peaked," not realizing that he's only talking about sales of a segment of the wider music industry. Yet as recent studies both from outside and inside the music industry have shown, the overall music ecosystem has been getting larger in terms of dollar volume. Money may be shifting away from CDs, but it's not shifting away from music-related commerce. But, I guess that's what happens when you rely on just the RIAA for your data...
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