Stop me if you've heard this one before...
Music industry representatives said digital downloads of songs were the future of the business and they embraced that change, but only if the artists' intellectual property rights were adequately protected.
the people speak - read the Herald Articles user generated comments here
Many of the comments in the herald are wildly inaccurate the numbers don't matter, nor does the fact most people who think they know how the music industry works actually wouldn't have a clue - you don't learn that stuff from MTV or the modern day version of Rip It Up.... the sentiments are blindingly obvious and have been so for a very very long time - perhaps they have something to do with the decline (freefall) of sales in todays marketplace...
It doesn't matter that your average consumer of music, or is that previous consumer, doesn't understand the full machinations of the music industry, they know enough.
They feel that prices for CDs are too high
They feel that artists are being 'ripped' off by the music labels
They don't think much of our overly touted local music stars
And you know, they are right on all counts, maybe the reasoning and logic isn't always correct. Yet simply put the tiny minority of the public (12% of the population traditionally brought music), who previously brought CDs don't see the need to anymore - for simply you are a mug if you purchase ALL your music or even some as is the case for many.
Sure their are moral dilemmas for some, (me for one) due to the notion that by stealing or illegaling downloading music effects the artist in a negative manner (their potential income), and this can be argued both ways quite convincingly... but its not the problem its a side show to where things have gone so very very wrong for the 'industry'.
Anyone who loves music is familar with many/most of the arguments and to be blunt I am over reading them so won't even bother to list them here... it is old news, bloody old news and bloody boring reading if you are even remotely interested in the subject you've already heard them too many times
The future of music distribution was always going to be digital, since the early/mid 90's it was obvious and whilst many sought the solution to digital distribution all the best solutions failed due to one thing - a restrictive and uncompromising stance on copywrite by the gaurdians of copywrite. So we ended up with todays major digital model - and it sucks
P2P on the other hand couldn't be easier or cheaper..... and its a community, it involves and is filled by music lovers.... try finding a music lover working in ya average (chain) music store these days
Copywrite was designed to protect the creator of works, not the business (model) that grew around them to 'exploit' that copywrite.... herein lies the source/root of the problem and here it will always rest.
Buying music today is a nightmere, most download sites are not user friendly, don't have most of what I would even consider buying and all of them (virtually, excuse the pun) offer up the music in a format or formats that are simpyl not of a high enough quality not to even start on the retarded and offensive use of DRM.
Why spend ya hard earned of sub standard products?
Why in a age where audio is and can be so amazingly good are we expected to settle for audio that is so sub standard?.
Play a 128Kbps song on a decent stereo (these alone, stereos that is, seem to be rarer and rarer these days of crappy digial playback devices) and tell me it doesn't sound 'wrong', do the same with 256 kbps and its not much better, 320 and you're almost in CD land - and CD sound generally isn't that crash hot either to be honest - refer to my post on compression by Russell Brown last month
Now play a record - feel the difference
I don't know where the future lies in the music world, but one thing is blindingly obvious it won't be coming out of the mainstream major orientated music industry, they are decades behind in their thinking and actions and inside the industry there are more than enough seriously intelligent people that should simply know better who are not being listened to or are being made redundant as they are not toeing the party line
Fucks sake, music is about passion something all too many concerned forget....
...except the public, they love music, they adore how it impacts on their lives and they also know how simple it is to get music without having to part with their hard earned.
Rearrange the deck chairs all ya want, the titantic has sailed and we all now where it is headed...
update (3/4) - links for more discussion/thoughts on this issue
Dub Dot Dash short and sweet.
I advise checking the offerings comments for continued discussion
oh and perhaps most importantly, make your own mind up on what you think/feel on this issue - there are no right or wrong in this topic :)
Righto, I've found 4 tracks of Bic's on Soulseek, best I go ruin the NZ music industry.. actually no I won't, rather I'll leave the last words on the subject from Bic herself:
Back from the U.S. today, had a great last show at the Troubadour in L.A. SXSW in Austin was fun too. But being pregnant on the road is not very rock n roll. I fell sleep straight after the Troubadour gig. Tucked up with a cup of Milo.
Caught up with the Flight of the Conchords in NY, visited their set in Brooklyn. It's like the Young Ones set, or like Ernie and Berts apartment. They're making a 12 part comedy series for HBO about a New Zealand band trying to make it in America. It looks like a lot of fun, they've made a music video for every episode!
Got home to some fuss in the media about how most New Zealand musicians have to have day jobs. Now that's never been news! But you know, I haven't flipped burgers since i was 15 (actually, I was very good at it, I once made up an order of 21 burgers in one go.) Thanks for your concern, but most musicians are just happy to be musicians.
Had my Mum on the road with me. She'd never been to New York before. Highlights for her were the potato cakes at Veselka on 2nd ave and 9th St, and seeing Patti Smith at Kelly and Pings on Greene and Houston. There you go.
Bye for now. I'm fast approaching the 'morbidly pregnant' trimester. So no more touring until after the kid comes in July. Will keep you posted.
I'm no fan of Bic's music but she does deserve our respect (not condemnation nor sympathy), she is one of us and one of ours... and to put it simply Bic rocks!