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.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Mar 2010 @ 9:20pm

    Re:

    There is more FREE music available than PAY music, in the whole wide world, at this very moment. True story.

    Not all .mp3 files are 99 cents. On some musician's websites, they give them away, for FREE.

    Seems like an awful lot of competition for those who traffic in PAY music, all that FREE music, being available.

    I know! Let's demonize human nature!

    "We're raising an entire generation of thieves, a society of stealers!"

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