Re: Provoke Change
I am torn over this topic. I have never pirated music and I pay for everything, as the artist and other people involved in delivering the music should be paid.
At the same time, the traditional model of the music business, built up over the past century, emphasizes bigness, fewness and sameness. That is, get a few big acts, milk them for all they are worth and stick to the formula for what generates the most income. If a new artist doesn't make a big hit immediately, drop them.
Technology is blowing that model to smithereens and I'm happy about it. Anyone can now make good quality recordings, put them on a Web site and sell them for whatever they can get. I like that approach. When tens of millions of songs are available in your PC or laptop, what use can record labels possibly have, except to obstruct something? Clearly, they are obsolete.
Record labels used to get thousands of demo tapes and CDs and email songs from people wanting to get signed. I look forward to the day when no one cares enough to send them anything because they're so irrelevant.
Thousands of songs that no one has ever heard before are being put up on the Web every day, from dozens of countries. A new industry of critics is sprouting up to sift through all this for listeners, as is an industry dedicated to criticizing the critics.
It is an exciting time in which to enjoy music.