[oclug] Share all you want
milan.budimirovic at sympatico.ca
Fri Apr 2 07:12:42 EST 2004
Mark Harrison wrote:
>Personally, if the company were still going, we'd be embracing the Internet.
>I'd be recommending that we release low-quality MP3 versions of ALL the
>songs straight to the internet, and view the CD as a "high-quality" medium
>for people who had expensive hifis. (To be fair, the target market for lute
>music do tend to be the people who have expensive hifis.)
>It's interesting that the UK independant record companies who are doing well
>at the moment are those who have moved away from "just pressing CDs" into
>promoting tours and merchandising. Those companies are enjoying, if you'll
>pardon the pun, record profits!
My feeling on this is that slumping CD sales have nothing to do with
file sharing, and everything to do with a general lack of interest in
the boring, overhyped muzak that pollutes our airwaves and cable
channels. The RIAA knows this, too. Their efforts to stop file sharing
are not stopping "theft", but about maintaining their stranglehold on
the industry. Their real fear is that the next U2, Madonna, Springsteen,
etc. will not need them. It's entirely about future control over
production and distribution channels.
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