Sunday, 11 March 2007

The decline of the corporate music industry ?

With a question mark, of course...

If you understand French, check this article on the well-known French newspaper Le Monde. The music industry (in short, the trust of Universal, Sony-BMG, EMI and Warner) is complaining about illegal downloading of music, and decline of sellings. But lets look at some facts :
  • there are only 200 independent sellers in France, to compare with 550 in 2004

  • Universal, Sony-BMG, EMI and Warner trust 80% of sellings, but only 20% of the references

  • people still prefer to buy real CDs than to buy albums on the net (95% of musics sellings in 2006)

I can add to that bunch of facts that experience of small bands tell that the big companies don't care about making them grow, they want fast, hard cash.
Not forgetting Digital Rights Management, which ironically denies any rights to the listener about what he just bought. So maybe they get what they deserve.

But obviously, this is an old problem.

Don't you judge a book just by the cover
Unless you cover just another
And blind acceptance is a sign
Of stupid fools who stand in line

Ha ha ha

Funnily, the Sex pistols were signed by EMI, who was the biggest label at this time, but were dropped 3 months later, because of their song Anarchy in the U.K....

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