September 25, 2003

Why The Music Industry Sucks

I’ve had a rant building up for a while and its time to let go.

Universal – as in the big-ass music conglomerate that sets industry standards – has refused to honor its earlier agreement to lower compact disc prices to an average of somewhere around $13. They’ve cited concerns from retailers as their primary motivation to break their promise. Two simple words for Universal and all the others that follow in their footsteps: FUCK YOU!

For years, the music industry has been in decline. The file-sharing revolution didn’t help matters much and now they’ve found themselves in a big hole. Yet what they’re producing, for the most part, isn’t interesting because, as a group, they’re wholly without any sense of adventure and continue to produce Creed albums. Well, not Creed albums but half the shit coming out of the record industry sounds like Creed. Or Britney. There’s always her. Cow. Correction: cash cow.

What is the business case for the existence of an industry that overcharges for a product yet refuses to improve that product or increase the diversity of its offerings? And if you want to be a player in the music industry, you’d better play by the rules. The record companies control the distribution. Without the distribution, you don’t move the product and without that, you go away.

At the same time the recording industry actually has the nerve to expect people to NOT download music for free, illegally. They have the nerve to prosecute 15 year-olds whose only crimes were trying to get good music and not go broke at the same time. This ain’t art, folks – this is big business at its worst.

I almost single-handedly keep my local Tower, Best Buy and Borders in business so I guess I’m a real sucker. But I’m old-school. I want the jewel case in my hands. I want to flip through the liner notes. I want to read the lyrics and study the artwork. More than anything else, though, I want to listen to the people who love making music, not just the people who were savvy enough to write a hit single. I don’t want to hear Creed or Britney over and over again nor do I think I should pay and arm and a leg for the same old crap. Time to pass around the Kool Aid because we clearly can’t think on our own.

Posted by Chris at September 25, 2003 11:24 AM
Comments

All needful things for "businessmen" in music industry are just MONEY! They never love music. I repeat...NEVER!!

Posted by: music posters at January 23, 2004 09:24 PM

Great article. The main reason we stopped after 16 years is because of the grief that came along with this industry. The larger you got, the more you were expected to play and the negative side of human nature showed.

Yes, the industry is in decline...get out while the gettin's good.

Posted by: Keith/Eternity X at February 5, 2004 08:14 AM

The PUBLIC SUCKS TOO. THE PUBLIC WORSHIPS PEOPLE WITH MONEY AND THEY ARE NOT SUPPORTING THEIR LOCAL MUSICIANS WHO HAVE SERIOUS TALENT. THEY ARE ENAMORED BY NAMES AND FAME AND ONLY MONEY. PEOPLE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN MUSIC OR ART. THE FINE ART MUSEUM IN THE MODERN ART SECTION...HAS NO TALENT EITHER..NO ONE IS SUPPORTING HIGH LEVEL, AND EXTREMELY TALENTED PEOPLE ANYMORE. NO ONE CARES..
IT IS A SESS POOL OF POLLUTION AND FILTH...
I TOOK DOWN MY MP3'S ...I AM TOO GOOD FOR THE INTERNET...MY MUSIC IS TOO HIGH LEVEL TO SHARE WITH A TASTELESS, CLASSLESS CULTURE OF MONEY LOVING LAZY BASTARDS...

Posted by: marissa marchant at May 22, 2004 10:13 AM

I totally agree with this article and the comments. Being a musician myself, I am disgusted with the recording industry. It became corporate and a growing business, and in the process, that's what it became. Nothing more than business. It sucks and so does the public that continues to worship people for being rich instead of talented. People have traded in art for money and it's fucking pathetic.

Posted by: rock at July 12, 2004 08:00 PM