Digital Music Has Only 'Failed' If You're Not Paying Attention
from the think-bigger dept
The only way you can possibly consider it a "failure" is if you think the only purpose of digital music is to sell it and it alone. But that's not the case.
Digital music has allowed many artists to make plenty of money through other means. Ignoring all that and focusing so narrowly just on the sales of digital music alone is like saying that telephone switching technology was a failure because it put phone operators out of work. If that's what you're looking at, you're measuring the wrong thing. Yes, digital music sales haven't replaced the decline in CD sales. But anyone who thought it would was delusional from the beginning. But digital music isn't a failure. Not by a long shot. It's been a huge success for all sorts of folks in the music industry -- and especially for musicians and fans. It may have been a failure for a few big record labels, but mainly because they made the same mistake, in thinking that the answer was to focus solely on digital music sales, rather than the larger picture.