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Metallica Sued Napster For This?

from the pound-foolish dept

David Levine has a post up looking at Metallica's revenue streams last year. Apparently, the band made the vast majority of its money from concert revenue -- bringing in $22.8 million. It made $1.6 million from album sales. As Levine notes:
Hmmm...think it would make a lot of difference to the world if they lost the $1.6 million from the albums? Without copyright they'd only make $22.8 million from touring...You might almost think it would be worth it to them to give the recorded music away for free to promote their concerts...
Or, hell, give away the tracks and promote other stuff as well. Selling music directly (relying on copyright) is a tiny business compared to the opportunities elsewhere. And, of all the bands out there, Metallica should clearly recognize that.

Filed Under: album sales, copyright, live, metallica, revenue


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    Another AC, 2 Mar 2010 @ 10:06am

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    No I won't. 99 cents is way too much. when I can buy a pack of 100 songs for a few bucks, then maybe I will pay for music again. Until then, the radio and my 10 year old collection of stupid plastic disks will just have to do.

    If you can't figure out how to make money while you give away your advertising, find a new line of work and stop whining.

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