Downloading... it's a funny thing

...once you get past the insane evaluations
of all the imaginary money being lost,
the vilifications of people whose only crime
is caring about music and the whining
of the last four dinosaurs*
trapped in the tarpits
of their own myopic greed,
the whole downloading piracy thing
is actually pretty funny...

and i'm not the only one
who thinks so...

and the beat goes on...
the beat goes on.



* Universal, Sony, Warner and BMI


the Death of Music #129

Why aren't people buying music
like they used to?

Well, let me answer that question
with another question...

Have you tried to buy
some Hear Muffs lately?

If you have, you know
that you can't get them anymore...
not even on EBay.

Where are the new Hear Muffs?

Where are the new, innovative
listening experiences
of today?

- tbc -



More Ipod, Upod!

more alternative perspectives
on the ways we consume music

- tbc -



Bailout, a la Musique!

this just in! apparently, the French government is once again interfering with the marketplace aka the private sector....

French Subsidy For Music Downloads Gets EU Nod
October 13, 2010 - Global | Digital and Mobile

By Foo Yun Chee, Reuters

France's strategy to combat illegal music downloads by contributing to the amount young people pay for them won European Union approval and praise for promoting cultural diversity.

Under the scheme, French residents who purchase a card - the Carte musique - to download music from subscription-based website platforms, will only pay half the cost of a €50 ($70) credit included in the card, with the French government paying the rest.

read all about it right here!




The Death of Music #117

another look at the Music Industry's
noble struggle to make the world
a better place for Artists
and their children.

and the beat goes on...



Mick Jagger on music piracy

   I am quite relaxed about it. But, you know,
it is a massive change and it does alter the fact that people don't make as much money out of records.

But I have a take on that - people only made money out of records for a very, very small time. When the Rolling Stones started out, we didn't make any money out of records because record companies wouldn't pay you! They didn't pay anyone!

Then, there was a small period from 1970 to 1997, where people did get paid, and they got paid very handsomely and everyone made money. But now that period has gone.

So if you look at the history of recorded music from 
1900 to now, there was a 25 year period where artists did very well, but the rest of the time they didn't.

from www.Billboard.biz

Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of rock band, The Rolling Stones.

Prior to entering the music business, he studied at the London School of Economics. In 2010, his personal fortune was estimated at £190m.



Downloading - an alternative perspective

i've never thought about downloading
in just this way before

more of this sort of thing at cracked