Interesting Tim O'Reilly article.

From: Alexander Schreiber <>
Date: Sat Dec 14 11:28:00 2002

On Fri, Dec 13, 2002 at 11:03:04PM -0800, Wayne M. Smith wrote:
> > Wayne M. Smith wrote:
> > > Unit CD sales were down 10% last year, the first double digit drop ever.
> > > Some argue that there might be reasons contributing to this other than
> > > piracy,
> >
> > Given that MOST industries making non-essential consumer goods have lost
> > way more than 10% in sales, I think that is pretty good evidence that
> > "piracy" is NOT the problem.
> >
> But sales of the other major entertainment media are up -- movie ticket sales
> have grown and home video has taken off on the back of the DVD format, and these
> are clearly non-essentials as well. Entertainment products are often
> counter-cyclical. Perhaps it's the quality of the product.

It most likely is. In my opinion, at least 95% of the music played on
the radio and advertised by the big media companies is total and utter
crap. "Artists" which can't sing and wouldn't recognize a good song if it
came up and bit them on the ass, "new super stars" whose only qualities
(if any) are their looks and which are best listened to with your ears
plugged firmly with wax - as in "nice ass/boobs, whats that noise he/she is
making?". Albums filled either with the 42. recycling of a song which was
good when performed by the original artist 20 years ago but which now
causes your ears to bleed or with mindless drivel written by an
underpaid and talentless "songwriter", performed by an equally
bad "artist". And they keep making more of it. Finally, they wonder
why people aren't all that hot on buying this crap - which still
sells amazingly well.

I still have a (growing) collection of CDs, from artist that are either
unknown in the mainstream media (heard their music usually through
friends) or, although being known in the mainstream media still make good
music but aren't hyped like mad (like Pink Floyd, Joe Cocker, Lenny
Kravitz, ...).

Sorry for the rant.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and
 looks like work."                                      -- Thomas A. Edison
Received on Sat Dec 14 2002 - 11:28:00 GMT

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