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Net music piracy 'does not harm record sales'
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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1. Music is mostly regarded as cheap, easily accessible entertainment (and not an art form) which should be freely downladable.

I don´t think this is the case, but because most mass market music is targeting kids you will see a lot of piracy and sharing.

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2. The medium (CD) lowers the value of the art. Because it's so cheap to manufacture a CD and anyone can do it, people tend to devalue the actual music on that CD.

I don´t think so really, but clearly the packing could be improved. That plastic shell thingie is not that cool. A book at the same price is more often a much nicer looking object. I don´t think there is any devaluation going on, but a lot of consumption of music has shifted from a personal experience into background music at cafees and clubs etc. You also have radio... these days radio is broadcasting music for the younger market segments and this means that radio can make hits but also kill hits in the sense of overexposure.. and "buy this?.. why.. they are playing it on the radio all the time.."

One thing that has changed though, is that recording and manufacturing a CD has become very inexpensive if you compare this with costs in the early 70s. This means that it is possible to release much more music these days. The marketing cost has not been reduced much.. rather the opposite.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

That comment about music being background music is really significant. It seems to me that this is the biggest problem. Listening to music is nowadays is very often in degraded mode because performances are rarely concerts, but more often background to facilitate eating, getting intoxicated, or socializing. The younger generation doesn't go to concerts as much as previous generations.

I don't consider rock shows to be concerts in the same serious sense as those for classical music Rock and pop music shows have degenerated (or evolved) into multi-media entertainment spectacular events. The music is not the primary aspect. The artists are characters playing parts. I'm cynical

There are people, like me, who do like CDs and still buy them. Jazz and classical buffs are still around.

It seems to me that most music stealing is by young people interested in pop, rock and dance styles. If someone is a serious jazz or classical fan, are they as prone to downloand music? Probably not, IMHO; they'd value the music more than that.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mosc wrote:
If someone is a serious jazz or classical fan, are they as prone to downloand music? Probably not, IMHO; they'd value the music more than that.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mosc wrote:
It seems to me that most music stealing is by young people interested in pop, rock and dance styles. If someone is a serious jazz or classical fan, are they as prone to downloand music? Probably not, IMHO; they'd value the music more than that.


I very much agree. Try looking for songs that are just a bit out of the main-stream 'poppy goes lucky' flavour-of-the-minute style, and you'll have a hard time. (guilty admission follows) I tried looking for some Muse songs on Kazaa and all I could find was 30 (!) different versions of one (1) single song, the one that was currently getting a lot of airtime.

Of course, the old sneaker-net is still around and friends and colleagues will share their (often legally bought) CDs, without ripping them to MP3s or lossless formats and putting them online.

For the truly rare stuff most people will be more than happy to shell out some bucks (or credits, or whatever your local coinage).

I strongly feel that the current trend in music piracy will force the (mainstream) music industry to shape up and start outputting quality records that are not just pieces of fluff intended to please the ever-changing needs of the 12-21 year olds that have more money to spend than their parents, and won't listen to a tune longer than a couple of weeks before deleting the MP3...

* but hey, I'm an optimist * Wink

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