from the he's-onto-something... dept
"A piece of music is a valuable form of art. If you want the person to respect it and value it, it's got to cost them not a huge sum of money but a significant sum of money."Yeah, so that's not how value works, actually. And the problem, which Dickins appears to have figured out, but Jonathan Shalit who made the quote above has not, is that whether you like it or not (and whether it is legal or not), music today is already competing with free music online. So, it's not a question of "value," but of market prices.
Dickins seems to recognize the actual economics at play here, noting that by making albums so cheap, the number of sales would shoot way up, offsetting some of the price decline when it came to revenue and getting more people more interested in more acts, leading to greater revenue from alternative sources like concerts and merchandise. Of course, plenty of folks have been suggesting this same thing for years, but it's nice to see an "insider" get it, even if he's mocked by those who are still confused about these things.