July 25, 2003

Records and Such

Layne writes the following about this column from Robert X. Cringely:

Robert X. Cringely comes up with a new business model for the music business: He gets rich, and the people who create the music get nothing.

Mr Layne devotes a good bit of time to fisking Mr Cringely's work, and you should read it. I only have one quibble with Mr Layne's analysis. Since when did screwing a musician out of his or her hard-earned become a new business model for the recording industry?

I mean, my God! if there's one reason why no one sheds tears for the recording industry's plight, it's because people in the recording industry are schmucks. Now, Lord knows there are plenty of shady dealings involving the creative industries, but no creative industry can even come close to the recording business in terms of its utter corruption and sloth. The only difference between today's music industry and the music industry back during the good old days of payola is that back then, the people running things at least had a bit of cunning about them.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at July 25, 2003 12:27 PM | TrackBack

I'm with you here, except I'm not sure how it can be said that a business model wherein the music industry getting rich while the people who create the music get nothing is a *new* one... Seems like that's been the gold standard of the industry from day one. Just ask any impoverished old blues master.

Posted by: Geoff Brown at July 25, 2003 12:41 PM

But, then, you said that already. Good God, my brain is turning to mush. I blame old age and the bar exam.

Posted by: Geoff Brown at July 25, 2003 12:42 PM

The music industry is screwing the consumer as well. Alas, the consumer now knows how little it costs to make a CD. So they know that $15 for a CD is bullshit.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at July 26, 2003 12:01 AM

Well, if the music industry is currently screwing musicians so bad, one should consider that all the actual musicians (like Dr. Frank) find these plans EVEN WORSE. I'm not sure that an argument of "Well, the musicians are already getting screwed, so it won't matter if they get screwed even more" is persuasive.

Posted by: John Thacker at July 26, 2003 12:10 PM