I agree 100% with the statement "If it was Diet Coke or something instead of music, you’d pay me to mention your product."
This is what has always confused me about rhythm games - shouldn't the music copyright holders have been paying the game developers for using the music to further interest in the songs, rather than the other way around?
that Mr. Bon Jovi has never sat down and actually listened to his albums all the way through. I used to force myself to listen to every song on a new cassette at least once, so I would know which ones to skip using music search or my own mixtapes. I heard "King of the Mountain" and "(I Don't Wanna Fall)To the Fire" from 7800° Fahrenheit voluntarily exactly once.
"But all of the business models you bring up tend to depend on it continuing."
Not true at all - the business models he brings up tend to be ways for content creators to make money DESPITE content users continuing unauthorized downloads. If unauthorized downloading suddenly and miraculously ceased tomorrow, connecting with fans and giving them a reason to buy would still make the content creators money.
By the way, labels don't make high quality music - musicians do. If you work for a label, I hope that doesn't hurt your feelings.
I do watch/read Fox News somewhat, just because CNN and most other mainstream media have such a leftist stance on most things. For me the "fair and balanced" comes from reading from several sources and making my own decisions. I don't really completely believe any single news source without knowing and trusting their sources.
Back before the big labels killed my love of buying shiny plastic discs, this used to drive me crazy. If it was something I liked but was't very popular and wasn't being played any more by the time the CD was released, chances were that I would forget about it and never buy it. If it was by an artist in whom I already had an interest, I was going to buy the disc when it came out regardless of when (or whether) it was played on the radio, so it did not build any additional anticipation for me - just frustration that I could not listen to a finished product because of the whim of some label fatcat. I always felt like it was just them showing me that they, not I, had the power. Well, I showed them, didn't I! I used to buy an average of one or two CDs a month, but as my frustration with the business process grew and my awareness of other sources of music grew, my purchases tapered off. Since 2005 I think I have bought four CDs in total; two by the same artist.