Recording Industry Dirt

A couple of weeks back I posted a thread titled "Is There Big Trouble Brewing?". For those of you who did not read it, it's primary focus was on the state of the recording industry and the retail music industry. Some very interesting, intellegent and insightful responses were posted. I would like to Thank those who participated.

Upon receiving the new Stereophile magazine yesterday, I began reading "Industry Update". They must have been reading our thread. I've transcribed an excerpt from a very interesting article written by Barry Willis. It involves "accounting discrepancies" being pursued by the band Incubus. I think some of you might find this interesting also....

"On March 18, LA Times reporter Jeff Leeds offered a trenchant analysis of the band's accouting dispute with Sony, demonstrating how a CDs wholesale price of $12.04 gets windowed down to $5.53 through a series of accounting deductions, including $1.63 for promotional copies, $1.84 for "new technology investments" (the CD is now more than 20 years old), and $1.84 for packaging. The band's "33%" royalty is paid on the reduced amount, not on the manufacturer's wholesale list price."

The article goes on to explain how "the pie" is divided and who is actually profiting from the proceeds. Once again, very interesting. I am sure that some of you may want to debate these numbers, but ultimately, I feel it would probably be a futile effort.

The point being, when you are standing at a cash register ready to dish out $12.00-18.00 for a CD, keep in mind who is actually being supported by the proceeds. We are all responsible for our own decisions. Whether it may be signing contractual obligations with major record manufacturers or puchasing a CD. Ultimately, the decision is our own.

Although, I feel that new musicians and bands are becoming increasingly aware of alternative means for bringing their material to market (can you say "Internet"?)

The music companies are scrambling to reposition themselves as retail music sales drastically drop. Mergers, multi formats, new technologies, etc,etc,etc. Good luck! I would like to send this message out to the major record labels out there...

Take care of "the people" who are taking care of you.

Because soon "the people" might not need you anymore.
I've wondered about this many times. Why are sales off so badly?
Is it because the baby boomer rush is past and there aren't the young people to fill the gap they left when they stopped buying new music??? I know there are many 35+ people who bought the Nora Jones disc, but honestly are 'we' out there buying most of the new releases?
Is the problem that the industry is more interested in marketing nubile maidens dressed in spagetti straps and little more, or foul mouthed sex maniacs who want to rape their mothers and kill their wife/girlfriend or both?
As a fourty-two year old I don't have any interest in either group. I don't think I'm alone in this.
So now sales are off, but the industry doesn't want to settle for less money. They have to screw the stupid bands out there, and hope the smart ones don't catch on.
Personally I think Incubus should be getting robbed blind, but that isn't the issue. The corporate suits are thieves. Kinda reminds me of Pink Floyd's album "Animals." People say "People are basically good," I think they're basically greedy. Think about it before you get mad at me!

The key to my post is "the rip and burn set". The ironic part is that Sony music wants the younguns to buy the CD's and the hardware part wants them to buy burners. Nevertheless, there's more going on than just a lack of quality music for us audiophooles. Nrchy has it right. Usually, greed works but this time it's a conspiracy and it simply deserves to fail....BIG TIME.

The entertainment industry is getting pretty desparate. They have already asked Congress to allow them to snoop inside our computers and unleash malicious code to crash and burn our machines. Without such approval they may launch such an effort offshore.
Nrchy, It kinda reminds me of another Pink Floyd song. Ya know, the one with the cash registers dubbed in?
"foul mouthed sex maniacs who want to rape their mothers"?

That would be Jim Morrison, right?
Yes, but only because the spirit of a dead person jumped into his body as their car passed by a terrible accident in the road.