Recording artists were losing money in the sales of compact discs and they were blaming it on the rise of file sharing. Although the radio does entertain the public with its free music, they do have to pay the fees to play the music. They make their money but advertisements and sponsors. Napster used the excuse that people record off the radio for free, but they cannot burn the music they hear. What Napster did not understand was that the music is offered free because the radio stations do pay for it, and they have the rights to issue the music at the level of their pleasure.
Introduction The problem which our company found with Sony’s music entertainment division was their lack of focus on digital distribution. That is, most consumers do not know the artists or content which Sony Music Entertainment has to offer. Also, if consumers were aware of the content which Sony has made available, most consumers would download it illegally rather than pay for it because they feel that the price is too high. The trend of digitally available content is an essential adaptation for an industry giant such as Sony due to the fast paced “on-demand” society in which we currently live. If Sony could find a way to make its consumers more available of their content and provide it as a reasonable price, the Entertainment conglomerate could prove beneficial by generating large amounts of revenue.
If we do not skip the ads we are regularly confronted with the “throwaway society”. Many seem to forget that they should appreciate what they have, but in manly every commercial you hear that you need the newest invention as it is better than everything else you have witness before. The latest invented commodity you have, the more popular you are. Some feel like if they throw away old things and just own the newer ones, they would be part of a special group. I consider this lifestyle just as a fake reality and also as a waste of money, as if these people are just trying to compensate something they are
Singles are what will make money, but B-sides, the songs that people do not buy the CD for, are also a culmination of an artist’s hard work. B-sides make an album good or bad, and consumers simply do not download B-sides. I fear that buying an entire album will become more rare as these new programs emerge that allow consumers to buy one song at a time, but the album will prevail. Newspapers and Magazines are now available online, but they still appear for retail in stores and by offline subscriptions. Online music purchasing shows no signs of dropping, and the consumers show no sign of listening to less music.
They are absolutely unenforceable, and will not protect the artists. Only the morality of the public will protect the music industry, and the morality of the public does not hold much promise for existing copyright issues. The difference between the industry losing "billions" in audio CD sales from the illegal recording of radio songs on Memorex cassette tapes, and the "billions" it loses in lost sales from the recording of MP3 files is this. MP3 files are easier to copy, distribute, s... ... middle of paper ... ... in one. Satisfying this demand will be key to the growth of the MP3 player market, demand is growing for MP3 players, and there's a clamor for their prices to come down.
What do you think about free music downloading? Do you think it should be allowed or not? The article entitled “The Freeloaders,” written by Megan McArdle, is based on the issue that many people are sharing and downloading music files for free, and that many people accept this behavior. It is also based on how the music file-sharing is affecting the success of music industry negatively. While McArdle is persuasive when she claims that music file-sharing is not benefiting the music industry and the entertainment industry financially, I also see that there is a lack of solid evidence to back up her argument, which complicates this issue.
The musicians feel that they should be given royalties for all of their songs that are downloaded. If you ask the average downloader they probably wouldn’t disagree with the way the musicians feel, but they would obviously rather get the music for free than buy the CD. So, is downloading music for free helping or hurting CD sales? According to www.riaa.com the musicians have a fair argument ... ... middle of paper ... ...harging only eighty-eight cents for a song (Green 64). Downloading music for free is illegal, but will be very hard to stop.
A large amount of people nowadays, like a douchebag named Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys, believe that popular, or “pop”, music is unoriginal, overrated, meaningless trash, and often times not considered music. Sure, there are plenty of idiotically synthesized songs, unneeded autotuned voices, with unfortunately cliche lyrics, and a seemingly endless repetition of the chorus, but at this day and age musicians who follow that pattern are unable to make it or stay in the music business. Pop music is just a new form of song that can appeal to the modern masses. As aforementioned, “pop” is just the shortened word for popular. This literally means that pop music is music that is commonly enjoyed by a large population.
Smaller, independent music companies are currently reaching out to last.fm to discuss this very idea. The future of digital music has many hurdles to overcome. Right now users are locked into a store and m3p player combination that allows the consumer no freedom of choice. While some record companies are exploring the concept of releasing DRM free music, the reality is that for the foreseeable future, DRM is here to stay. However, steps can be taken to open up DRM schemes and allow users the fair use rights that have been previously established by the United States government.
If there is no individuality, then there is no costumer choice. When costumer choice is eliminated, then the problem of exploitation arrives from how these popular music products are commercialized. Raprehab reports, “[...] major record companies are paying radio stations thousands of dollars to play their records!” This contributes to the already established monopoly because when the radio, one of the most effective promotion and mass communication devices, circles around certain products attributed to certain labels exclusively, competition is lowered to a minimum, again. Alternative and independent labels are rarely ever, if lucky, played on the radio, leaving the only way for the consumer to discover alternatives to popular products through extensive research, that is unless the consumer is “not lazy” and willing to expand their horizons and turn their radius of view away from the popular world and dictated products into the underground, “struggling” music