“You are a big, sloppy mess that doesn’t deserve a decent burial”
A nice rant by “jon” over at the Vinyl District:
Welcome to Reality
I’ve been spending so much time detailing about the wondrousness of moi that I decided to turn my sights toward my nemesis, The Music Business. Much as I’d love to dance on its grave, I’m too magnanimous and wonderful for that. Though its never been good to me (more on that another blog) and has done nothing to deserve it, I’m gonna give it a reprieve. I still have an inexplicable fondness for you—once upon a time you brought me Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Here’s the deal, M.B: record buyers aren’t buying your shit anymore. Literally.
You are a big, sloppy mess that doesn’t deserve a decent burial. There was well over a generation of fans who, like me, grew up living and breathing music, even falling in love with the artwork. Nowadays teenagers don’t know which band wrote what song, when it came out, or where they came. Call from Philip Morris: Teenagers are extremely susceptible to peer pressure—imagine if you hooked them on music again. Now there’s a diabolical scheme!
Look at the misery you caused with your new fangled CDs! Buyers were once crazy for CDs, profit was fat… until they discovered they could easily upload and download digital files themselves. Surprise! Profit retrograde. Are music fans inherently dishonest? I don’t think so. I think they’re tired of paying $20 for a record that probably stinks to begin with and they know it only cost around $1.00 to manufacture. Instead of paring down the roster and insisting upon better music, you (unsuccessfully) tried to sue consumers for home taping, trading in promo CDs, and now for “file sharing.”
What to do about the problem of stealing instead of buying? I know—pick me, pick me! Add extra tracks and/or visuals to a CD by your “hot” artists, call it DELUXE and charge several dollars MORE so that their fans will resent them since they don’t have several dollars more. How to send the upward trajectory of people BUYING downloads spiraling down to earth? Charge $1.29 for MP3s by hot selling artists when customers were reluctantly paying .99 cents. You heard vinyl was “in” so you bombarded stores with mediocre back catalogue at a $25 list price even though the original LP can readily be found in bins for .99 cents! Nice job, wizards.
Consumers don’t have to get music from record labels. Wake the fuck up—you’re not in charge of how they get music—THEY are!
*You can read the rest by clicking on the link at the top of this post.