I read an article today about slumping music sales and the reasons for it. Thankfully they didn't blame "illegal music downloads"...much.
Music executives love to blame illegal downloading for their industry's woes. But, based on the results of a new nationwide poll, they might want to look in the mirror.
"Less talented people are able to get a song out there and make a quick million and you never hear from them again," said Kate Simkins, 30, of Cape Cod, Mass.
Less talented people...in pop music, hard to believe.
"Even if our parents didn't like how loud rock 'n' roll was, or that it was revolutionary, at least they could listen to some of it," said Christina Tjoelker, 49, from Snohomish, Wash. "It wasn't gross. It wasn't disgusting. It wasn't about beating up women or shooting the police." The last CD she bought was Neil Diamond's new one, "because Oprah was raving about it," she said.
BTW, she went from revolutionary to buying a CD because Oprah recommended it...
Overall, music fans were split on why music sales have been declining for the past five years: 33 percent said it was because of illegal downloads, 29 percent said it was because of competition from other forms of entertainment, 21 percent blamed it on the quality of music getting worse and 13 percent said it was because CDs are too expensive.
Its hard to say why I don't buy many CDs...but $20 for a POS album by a pop-star with no talent and no message may have something to do with it.
Rolling Stone covers this issue quite a bit. Apple is being cornered by industry to up prices of the new, hot singles to $1.50, I believe, while keeping everything else at $.99. The real losers here are the artists -- per single they make about $.20 while on an album they receive $3-4. They make more on a piece of plastic that has to be pressed and shipped while making less on a string of 1's and 0's. Hmmm.