RIAA and the Music Industry 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 03:40 AM - Tech and Security

It seems to me, that every new technology that's emerged throughout the history of the modern music industry has, at first, been demonized as evil, and whose only use would be to harm artists and their supporters.

Remember the photocopier? How it was going to destroy the music industry when music instructors in schools and private practice could buy one copy of some sheetmusic and copy it for all their students, nevermind the fact this helped produce more and better new musicians than ever since even the poorest schools could finally have proper music study.

Remember when the cassette tape was brand new? How it was going to destroy the music industry because of bootleg recordings? Nevermind the fact that the "mix tape" and the homemade "demo tape" were the stepping stones to getting noticed for many new artists.

And now there's filesharing. Honestly, people share/download bootleg music because they can't afford to buy it... so these people would never be buying the CD anyway. It's not money lost.. it's free word of mouth advertising and a bolstering of the touring side of the industry. Dave Matthews would tell you that as he actively encourages people to record his concerts and share his music online. Popularity is much more important to an artist than immediate sales. Popularity will bring people to your concerts, which is where the artist makes most of their money anyway.

But this isn't about the artists, and never has been. It's about the recording industry itself, and it's outdated business model. People no longer need or want a physical disk or tape anymore. People no longer want to purchase an entire album when they only like one song on it. For the first time, it's possible for an artist to cut ties with producers entirely and release and market their music through their own websites. Let the large producers die. In a modern economy, they're too big to succeed.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 04:07 AM

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