The Music Industry's New Internet Problem

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    I think this says a lot more about the true value of music than anything else.

    The days of valuing songs at $2 or $3 each (as was the case in the CD's golden years) are long over.

    Once the market determines a price for content, then the labels will have to work around that. Not the other way around (or else they risk driving customers back to illegal means of obtaining music, which many of them have yet to abandon, anyway!).
  3. WiseWeasel macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2003
    Bay Area, CA


    Hard to feel sorry for decreasing paid distribution of music after these companies have resisted distributing their content online until so recently. Embrace change or die, bitches! Now the movie and TV studios are making the same mistake.
  4. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    I find that a bit ridiculous to say the least, since using Last.FM, I've found several new bands, discovered their albums, and bought them...

    I guess I'm the exception to the rule eh?
  5. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816


    Aug 8, 2004
    America's Wang
    Um, how is listening to ad-supported music over the internet any different than listening to the radio?

    I would think, like others have said, that listening to music over Last.FM and the like would spur sales through physical CDs, iTunes, or Amazon...
  6. jayducharme macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    This seems like the music industry's dream come true, actually. The music industry never really wanted us to own anything. They simply wanted us to buy it. They (and the RIAA) wanted to tell us how we could use our music, store it, copy it, listen to it. The irony is that their dream will eventually put them out of business. According to this article, they no longer have to worry about copying and sharing because people aren't owning it anymore; they're just listening to it, like kids listened to the radio in the 1950s and '60s.

    I think people will continue to purchase music that they enjoy. But perhaps, in this age of iTunes, many people are just too saturated with music to want to own much more. Pandora rules! :)
  7. jmadlena Guest

    They are different mainly because you have absolutely no control over what songs are played on the radio. Don't like the song? Then tune to a different station? Don't like any of the songs? Then you're in the same boat as me.

    The two mediums are totally different. Streaming allows me to pick exactly what I want to listen to, even if it is over and over again.

    I prefer to own my music, but there are man who don't care.
  8. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Considering Last.FM has links to artists albums for sale on iTunes and Amazon, what they're saying is pretty pathetic, this picture is relevant.


    That damn evil internet!

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