Oh Look, Digital Downloads Aren't Saving The Music Industry
from the who-could-have-possibly-predicted-that... dept
About a year and a half ago, I gave a presentation at a music industry event, where one of the points I tried to make was that those who were betting on digital sales as a savior were making a fool's bet. However, many in the industry have been infatuated with this idea, even if the evidence always suggested that digital sales would only ever make up a small fraction of what CD sales used to bring in. Earlier this year, we warned that the growth rate was slowing, and now as we hit the end of the year, it's confirmed that while there's still some growth, it's slowed down dramatically. Betting on digital sales as the key business model for music is, and is going to remain, a mistake. There are lots of other opportunities to make money, but you have to think beyond just selling music.