You can fix that problem - you can listen to the program. They are very good editors, but I don't believe you're quoted out of context in any way.
You point out that OK Go represents a failure in so far as 'modern music publishers' weren't able to use the traditional means in their power to turn OK Go into a platinum seller. I suspect most people listening to the podcast slapped their hands against their foreheads collectively and said "Duh".
Billboard's position - your position, espoused in the podcast quite clearly, and as you're the mouth of Billboard for the purposes of that interview, Billboard's - is that you don't see the point of tracking music that isn't selling.
But music isn't selling, and you don't know why, and one of those reasons is that you haven't got a clue what people are listening to anymore.
NPR's right on the money, on this one. You've chosen to remove one of your eyes, somehow convinced that depth perception is just getting in your way.
If Billboard's purpose in creating a 'top 100' list of music is to chart what is selling in CD shops, then you're fine and dandy. If the purpose of the top 100 is to find out what a bunch of middle-aged people who are afraid of their laptops wants to go buy, that's great. In response to your comment, I don't know what that top 100 list is actually good for if it doesn't represent music I'd actually be interested in buying - and if I'm not interested in buying it, that's because the music industry is busy pushing the records on your list, the one I could care less about.
Don't accuse TechDirt of skewing your opinion - the tone of the report here was much more even handed than I'd have written up myself on what amounts to corporate myopia on your part.
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