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    How To Kill The Music Industry

    Written by Jens Roland on February 27, 2009

    During The Pirate Bay trial, the music industry placed the blame for the decline in their revenues squarely on the shoulders of file-sharers. Their logic is clearly flawed, but it could sway the verdict if no alternative explanation is presented. So, if piracy isn’t to blame, then what is *actually* killing the music industry?

    According to Per Sundin, CEO of Universal Music, the decline in music revenues in the past 8 years can be fully attributed to (read: blamed on) illegal file sharing. If this were actually true, many of us might even respect his decision to go after pirates as fiercely as the music industry is doing right now. However, the past 8 years have seen a lot more changes in the landscape of home entertainment than Per Sundin would like to admit, and some of those changes have had a massive impact on music profitability — much more so than any amount of piracy.

    Let us refresh our memories and take a look at what actually happened during and just before the past 8 years:

    1. First, the explosive rise of computer and console gaming. This competitive ‘third element’ has appeared in the entertainment landscape, beaten both music and movies to the curb and taken a huge cut out of the music industry’s revenues. Consumers don’t have infinitely-deep pockets, and billions of ‘recreation dollars’ that used to go almost exclusively to music, are now going into gaming....

    Last edited by Skizo; 02-27-2009 at 06:21 PM.

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    Blame the little guys...dam music industry

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    Chewie's Avatar Chew E. Bakke
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    Jeez there are holes and irrelevancies all the way through that article and all the responders are biased file-sharing fanboys.
    I particularly like the way that un-qualified distribution values are quoted without weight being added for inflation.

    Is this the filesharing community's bullshit response to that of the music industry?
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    The writer's claim is rather ridiculous in claiming that the decline in music industry revenue can be solely attributed to factors other than file sharing, but attributing that post to the community as a whole is also ridiculous. Other people have already written much better articles in making the case that the decline in revenue is based on many factors, not just file sharing.


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