Creating New Business Models for the Music Industry

The growing trend for online music downloads is subverting the music industry in more ways than one and unless the music industry gets its act together, they could end up wondering how they lost their business. Individual Track Singles are Flourishing For a long time, the business of selling music records was hinged on selling entire CD Albums. Never mind that only one or...

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MP3 Popularity Points the Way to Go for Musicians

It wasn’t until Apple released its now iconic iPod gadget in 2002 that MP3 became so ubiquitously popular.   It was inferior to the CD in quality but the public didn’t mind because even on a blind A/B test, the quality distinction is not a heaven and hell thing.  For sure, even metal cassette recordings were no better than MP3 music. It was around this that an...

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Is Copyright Protection a Losing Proposition?

No, it’s not just a losing proposition which consumers and analyst have long said it is, but for all practical purposes, is dead.  Eversince DRM first got implemented in 2002 with BMG, Arista and RCA installing it in their audio CD products, the draconian copy protection scheme has not lacked outspoken criticism. As late as 2007, RIAA chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol...

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Why Digital Rights Management is Falling Apart (DRM-free Music)

In the old days, one can record musical content from a vinyl LP album directly onto an open reel or cassette recorder tape without making a big fuss about it.  Today, there’s a lot of fuss attending the proliferation of digital content in CDs as well as digital downloads because studios are so afraid they would lose their rights to their intellectual properties. Hence,...

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iPods and iPhones Still Rule the Mobile Listening World of Free Music Listening

The online world has reshaped the landscape for getting the music you want.  The days of the packaged media like the CD are numbered.  CD distribution through traditional music stores peaked in 2000 with about $35 billion in sales worldwide but it has tanked since. Today, those music stores like the mighty Tower Records are almost gone, replaced mostly by your friendly...

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