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  1. #1

    Why you should rob the music industry

    Because they have been stealing from you. The record industry over the last twenty years has lied time and time again to justify the raising of prices on music.

    LIE #1 First, we have the advent of the CD. CDs were priced at around $13 when they came on the market, in contrast to record albums and cassette tapes that they charged around $7 for. While the sound quality was “better” and allowed for easy track access, they were much cheaper to produce, and were cheaper to ship than record albums. Less CDs were returned to the manufacturers due to breakage as well. In other words, they charged a lot more for a product that was cheaper to produce.

    LIE #2 CDs climbed to $18 retail for no reason at all in the early nineties. After failing to get used record stores closed, the record industry cited used CDs cutting into sales as an excuse for the price raise. Used CDs were a negligible part of the market, as the bulk is made up in new album sales. Catalogue titles were important, but not to the tune of another $5 per purchase.

    LIE #3 the industry has no money to discover and develop new talent. Without the profits of the major hit albums to buoy them, they can no longer do quality A&R. This is a load of crap as well. Since the mid nineties, the industry has churned out Britney Spears and her minions, truly the attack of the clones. The labels find a hot trend and copy it ad nauseam, a safe and profitable strategy. Also, it seems much of the A&R work is now done through the American Idol television show.

    LIE #4 Now, they are at it again. Legit music downloading from i-tunes is the subject of recent industry saber-rattling. The industry would have you believe that $1 per song is killing their profits and that the rate must be raised. The truth is that via downloading, the industry doesn’t have to pay a dime for storage, distribution, or breakage. They simply have to pay for album production and marketing (which they recoup from the artists anyway). The reality is that downloading offers the consumer flexibility, and the problem for the labels is that no one is going to give them $18 bucks for two good songs and 45 minutes of what is euphemistically called “filler”.

    The industry would have been happy to continue charging ridiculous rates for the monopolies it has on the distribution of music, but super-retailers were eventually able to use their retailing power to argue prices down. The real friend of the music purchaser, however, is the free downloader. The industry realizes people will not pay exorbitant prices for a product they can substantially get for free, so the industry dropped new release prices to around $13 again. I currently download from i-tunes, but if the industry gets cute and raises my download prices, I may join the consumer revolt and the wild west of free music. Tommy Mottola will just have to live with one less super mansion to show off on “Cribs”.
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    Re: Why you should rob the music industry

    Take that LARS!!! Wuss!! Damn I hate him.
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    I agree with you 100%. So much greed in the music industry....

    Oh yeah... and I agree with you on Lars too Turbo! He's a total chump.

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    JON900, your Lie #3 is the one that really ticks me off. #1 I can live with, #2 I'm indifferent towards, and #4 is more annoying. But #3, that get my boiling. With crap like boy bands, bleach blonde clones, and "idols" being stuff down the throat of the market no wonder there's money left to go find any new acts.

    Sure it takes money to go find and research new talent. But develop it? Come off if the band or person isn't good enough on their own before the record company steps in, they have no business with a record deal. Let them develop on their own. I think you'll get better music in the long run.
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    Aint no different than going tape to tape back in the 80's.
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    Re: Why you should rob the music industry

    Quote Originally Posted by Turbowars
    Take that LARS!!! Wuss!! Damn I hate him.
    The problem I have with Lars is a little different. If anyone deserves the money, it is definitely the artist more than the label. The trick is, the reason you see Lars up there and not some relative unknown is because artists have to be extraordinarily successful before they see so much as a dime from record sales. Lars would not give a crap if he weren’t in that rarified air and therefore fabulously wealthy to begin with.

    Remember, the record company gives the artist an “advance” to cut an album. The advance is then recouped from the $1 or so that goes to the artist out of every sale. If the artist is lucky enough to sell 500,000 copies, perhaps he will have paid the label back. Many artists never sell enough records to cover the advance, so they really make their money touring. Metallica makes a ton off both (and merchandising).

    I think most artists out there really don’t give a crap, because they will never make much off record sales anyway.
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    Re: Why you should rob the music industry

    I can't remember the last time I bought a CD. I get all of my music from file sharing sources. When these artists stop releasing crap and actually make a CD that has more than one song that I like then I may buy them but until then I'm going the free way.
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    Re: Why you should rob the music industry

    Quote Originally Posted by Slicker
    When these artists stop releasing crap and actually make a CD that has more than one song that I like then I may buy them but until then I'm going the free way.
    just out of interest slicker, which artists are you refering to by use of the word 'these'?
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    I'm mainly talking about rap as the "rock" nowadays just isn't very rockish so I don't even bother listening to it. It seems like 50% of rap albums are those little skits and such where they just talk and that stuff just bores me. If I buy an album I want music.
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    Re: Why you should rob the music industry

    What gripes me, using SW as an example, is that you can usually buy the movie DVD cheaper than the soundtrack CD. If I remember correctly, the DVD INCLUDES the soundtrack. So how much work can be involved in making the CD?
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