Change Of Heart in the Music Biz
Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006
I guess it took them almost 8 years to recognize that mp3’s are a legitimate format for distributing music via the internet. Napster was on to something big, and I’ve said it time and time again – you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Instead of figuring a way quick enough to capitalize on the distribution format, the industry instead stuck back at the consumer. They wanted to somehow make a ton of cash off it first, and then let the consumer have it.
At the end of the day, you can argue DRM (digital rights management) or that the record companies were losing money (as they still say 20% decline in sales) and whatever excuse you come up with. The bottom line was the fact that some music attorney was about to be out of his record company job. It was all about the money for the record companies, and was never anything about the musician ever. It wasn’t anything about copyrights and paying the musician.
All in all, when push has come to shove, mp3’s basically are a durable format. Not perfect by any means. But very easily portable, and interchangable with many devices. Recognizable worldwide, and referred to in the same token as “album” is still to this day when in fact it is a CD.
You will almost never hear someone say “Hey dude, what .wma files do you have on your computer.” or “Do you have some .wma files we can burn to a CD to jam with?”
No. It’s always been “You have any mp3’s you can burn off for me?” or “Dude, you got a crapload of mp3’s.. let’s burn some discs!”
Yes. mp3’s were always here to stay, the only people in denial were the lawyers sitting at the corporations that were going out of business. The record companies. Long live the mp3 format.