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2003 CD Sales Officially Down 7.6 Percent

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the cee-you dept.

Music 792

Lust writes "CNN is reporting that global CD sales for 2003 are down 7.6 percent, and points to 'rampant piracy, poor economic conditions and competition from video games and DVDs.' More grist for the RIAA mill on P2P? I just haven't heard anything new I'd like to buy... how about you?" It's also mentioned that "a strong second-half recovery in the United States, Britain and Australia... has raised hopes that the worst is behind the beleaguered industry", although "evidence of a full-fledged recovery is flimsy."

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7.6% is one number but there are many reasons (5, Interesting)

erick99 (743982) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796107)

I think that P2P probably has had an effect on sales though not as great an effect as the price of CD's. Before P2P I bought music, I copied friend's music, and I recorded music broadcast over FM radio stations. I still buy music (I belong to one of the music clubs and even with shipping, I still only pay about $8 or so per CD), I also copy music from Kazaa. I copy some music that I have owned and I copy some music I do not own. Recently, after "pirating" a bunch of Norah Jones songs, I bought her CD. I think that happens a lot - people download music and then buy. There has always been a way to pirate music though it was usually borrowing music and re-recording it. I still wonder if a lower price for CD's would increase sales enuf that the artists and recording labels would be profitable because the decreased price would be more than made up for in increased sales.Is it also possible that the quality of music is not as great as in the past or that a lot of music is "more of the same?"

Happy Trails!

Erick

Re:7.6% is one number but there are many reasons (4, Interesting)

ajs (35943) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796180)

I would never buy music from an RIAA-owned company again. I'm sorry, but they dragged their feet for years on engaging the Internet, sued every company that did, and then started suing their customers who gave up and did it themselves.

I'm done. I still buy CDs whenever I see an artist playing at a local establishment and they are selling their own CDs, but that's ALL I'll do (and that's a LOT of music anyway).

Re:7.6% is one number but there are many reasons (2, Interesting)

senatorpjt (709879) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796277)

What's the deal with that anyway? I see RIAA-labeled bands selling CD's at shows. Is the money still divided up the same way as it is when buying from a retail store?

Re:7.6% is one number but there are many reasons (3, Informative)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796347)

Yes, RIAA contracts mean that any time a CD under one of their labels is sold, it is either subject to their payment scheme, or is illegal.

Re:7.6% is one number but there are many reasons (1)

3terrabyte (693824) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796293)

And either will I.

I can't believe that there are ANY sales, period! Why do people still buy CD's from them? They're convicted price-fixers, and the price is still too high! What they need is a 90% sales slump, so that they have to cut their full time legal department.

There's one more figure not figured... (5, Funny)

Chordonblue (585047) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796197)

I think it's directly related to the fact that music QUALITY went down another 20% or so. Think Janet Jackson's breast will help sales, or will Justin Timberlake's musical talents sway yet another generation of gum snapping teens?

God, 'music' is the suck today! Either that, or I'm just too old.

Hey, you kids and your damn rap music! Shaddup!!

Re:There's one more figure not figured... (1)

DonnieD701 (735118) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796282)

I think old Janet would help her album reach # 1 on the charts. If you were listening to the news today, it didn't. The album just isn't that good. I can't think of a single band that has come out in the last 5 years that made me even consider purchasing their album. I take that back, there was one, and I bought it. If the entertainment industry would release music that I liked (not the cookie-cutter hip-hop or teenybopper top 40) I would consider purchasing. If your product is bad, don't get mad that no one wants it!

Re:There's one more figure not figured... (1)

Throtex (708974) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796327)

It's rather sad that I've resorted to 80s music for entertainment. Is Supertramp really better than everything out today?

Re:7.6% is one number but there are many reasons (3, Insightful)

bbsguru (586178) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796241)

Gee, how about OPTIONS!?!

The reason most often cited for slumping television ratings is the ever-increasing availability of alternatives, from satellite and cable channels to DVD rentals to the Internet. People just havbe more choices when it come to how to spend an evening.
The same is true of music. We have satellite delivered content on a couple of hundred channels now, (CD quality, no commercials, and recordable: different from buying a CD how?)

I agree with the other posting most, though. Give me quality content and I'll buy it if I like it. Give me restrictive technologies and outrageous pricing, and I can find other things to do.

Re:7.6% is one number but there are many reasons (2, Interesting)

Seoulstriker (748895) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796250)

I still wonder if a lower price for CD's would increase sales enuf that the artists and recording labels would be profitable because the decreased price would be more than made up for in increased sales.

Well, that really depends on the elasticity of the demand curve for CDs. However, I have a strong suspicion (by what others indicate) that a small decrease in price is not likely to increase sales enough cover the cost of the price drop. I mean, who wants to buy crap if it's $10 rather than $15? The age of major record labels is over.

Re:7.6% is one number but there are many reasons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796259)

Not to mention the resentment the RIAA has generated towards the music industry, in general. There is a lot of bad blood there which, until they stop their witch hunt, will cause many people to simply not bother buying music and even revel in breaking the law, as they download 15 songs at once on their shiny new broadband connection.

Slashdot and US-ASCII (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796108)

Did you ever wonder why Slashdot only supports 7-bit ASCII, i.e. no extended ASCII, Unicode or ISO-8859 characters?

Because Slashdot is a wholly American and Patriot website, that's why.

Think about it! Do you want Slashdot to become a forum for terrorists, where they can freely discuss plans for taking away our freedom and killing our brave soldiers through HORRIBLE ACTS OF TERRORISM in their own language and the heathen Arabic script? Unicode, a system that enables terrorists worldwide to plan terrorist actions and communicate through the Internet. Though most try to cover it up, it is no secret to most IT-savvy Americans that Unicode development is partly funded by Al-Qaeda and partly by the French, dictator-supporting government.

There is none of that anti-social trash here. Slashdot supports only AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC CHARACTERS. Eurotrash, look out, because you can't use your fucking umlauts and ~'s here. We saved your sorry asses in World War II -- the least you can do is show some fucking respect and use our alphabet. Slashdot does not support your anti-American characters. 7-bit ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is commonly known as US-ASCII. This speaks for itself. The one and only choice for PATRIOTIC AMERICANS is US-ASCII, the STANDARD CODE for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm PROUD be a member of this patriotic, American Slashdot community. I am not going to let freedom-hating terrorists plot evil plans on an American-owned, FREE SPEECH website.

Do not believe the terrorist propaganda lies.
Boycott Unicode -- it a the tool of terrorism.
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN US-ASCII AND THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY WON.

When Business Models Go Bad (4, Insightful)

stecoop (759508) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796109)

I don't mind pay 15 bucks for a new full feature movie release but I'm not buying another 1 hit wonder that has only one song that I like for something around 18 bucks and listen to it only once.

No there isn't going to be a recovery until their business model is revised.

Re:When Business Models Go Bad (1)

anachattak (650234) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796249)

I think this hits the nail on the head. When I buy a DVD (which is about the same price as a music CD), I get a ton of "value added" features (trailers, music videos, commentary, etc. etc). The problem with music CD sales is that there is NO value added. You just get a handful of tracks, most of which suck, which costs as much as a feature film?

The RIAA needs to learn that their product IS in competition with movies and video games, needs to make their product competitive, and needs to realize that unless they change their model, they will continue to lose sales.

Blame? Look in the mirror. (5, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796110)


rampant piracy, poor economic conditions and competition from video games and DVDs.

Hmm.. they seem to have missed "boring bands, unoriginal music and inflated CD prices."

Here's a free tip from me to the music industry lurkers:
Shrink-wrapping dog shit does not create a market for shrink-wrapped dog shit.
Think about that, act on it, then give me 0.5% of the net.

Don't forget... (4, Insightful)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796153)

...the Clearchannel effect - the drivel gets all the radio airtime

Re:Blame? Look in the mirror. (4, Insightful)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796157)

they also seemed to have missed one other point: boycotts.

half the people i know refuse to buy riaa-member label records and use tools like riaa radar [magnetbox.com] to avoid them.

maybe if they'd stop suing their customer base, their customer base would actually buy their products.

just a thought.

Re:Blame? Look in the mirror. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796179)

Woo, that's a great point I missed. Thanks!
- g

Re:Blame? Look in the mirror. (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796307)

Well, I just plain don't buy new CDs anymore. There are zillions of used out there that are just fine thanks.

Fall of CD sales doesn't mean less music sold (5, Insightful)

Eyah....TIMMY (642050) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796111)

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) blamed the slump in retail music sales -- now in its fourth consecutive year -- on rampant piracy, poor economic conditions and competition from video games and DVDs.

Itunes is selling 2.5 million songs a week [zdnet.co.uk] . The declining sale of CDs does not necessarily mean the music piracy is going up; it means there are also new means of selling music, digitally, and very legally.
I hate it when declining CD sales is automatically attributed to piracy. The way music is sold is evolving too (and the labels are getting their share don't worry).

Re:Fall of CD sales doesn't mean less music sold (1)

base3 (539820) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796236)

Assuming an average of 10 songs per CD, that's an average of 250,000 CDs per week. They need to add that into their figures and republish, or have the EFF do it for them.

Re:Fall of CD sales doesn't mean less music sold (-1, Troll)

Frac (27516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796255)

Itunes is selling 2.5 million songs a week. The declining sale of CDs does not necessarily mean the music piracy is going up; it means there are also new means of selling music, digitally, and very legally.

And a 7.6% decrease to 32 billion means that there are $2.6 billion drop in sales. Care to point to hard facts on how other means of selling music is making up for it?

I hate it when declining CD sales is automatically attributed to piracy.

I hate it more when increasing CD sales is automatically attributed to people buying more music due to sampling via P2P.

Well... (5, Interesting)

dolo666 (195584) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796113)

> More grist for the RIAA mill on P2P

Not really. 7.6% is not that much, considering how many companies have moved to an online sales model [slashdot.org] . If anything this refutes the RIAA's claim that P2P has any significant effect at all. What kinda depresses me was the point in the article that the reduction of top acts helps to boost sales; that the reduction of variety means more concentrated gains in that particular market, is actually bad for the market in the long run, IMHO.

When will Slashdot outsource CowboyNeil? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796124)

He is nothing but a fat, smelly, socially inept, sexless, slob with drool running down his obese face.

Re:When will Slashdot outsource CowboyNeil? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796244)

You see, CowboyNeal is a dumb bafoon. Any Indian that would replace him would be several times more intelligent (and maybe 2 times as intelligent as the average american).

The problem is that the average reader on Slashdot is blatantly racist. Anyone who is more intelligent than them is either a "filthy commie" or "terrorist sympathizer". So this is simply a matter of economics for OSDN. They keep whoever will bring in the dumb readers.

How is this news? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796126)

Who cares?

I've bought more CD's this year than previously (1)

Kope (11702) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796136)

but of course, almost all of them are direct from the artist purchases.

The remainder are bought per-track off of Rhapsody and burned by me.

It's not that music sales are lagging, it's that the RIAA, and to a smaller extent, the record companies, doesn't need to be involved in them anymore.

2003 CD Sales Officially Down 7.6 Percent (2, Insightful)

James A. M. Joyce (764379) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796139)

But what does that actually mean, beyond the fact that 2003 CD sales have fallen by eight percent? Can one reasonably draw any kind of further conclusions, or is everyone just going to jump on this result to further their agendas?

Re:2003 CD Sales Officially Down 7.6 Percent (1)

rjelks (635588) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796318)

I'd like to know how many other industries' sales figures dropped in the same time period. The economy is still kind of in the crapper and unemployment is high. Do they consider that with less disposible income, people might not buy extra's like CD's? Maybe this is just propaganda to further their political agenda? I can think of lots of reasons that their figures are dropping: economy, online-sales, p2p, too expensive, crappy new music. I read that convertable cars sales dropped by 2.3% in 2003. Can I link the decline in convertables to piracy with any less acuracy than CD sales?

OH NOS!!~! TEH CNN SCOOPED TEH SLASHDOT!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796154)

so what? (1)

Frizzle Fry (149026) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796158)

It's a good think that I know to trust the anectodal claims from complete strangers on slashdot who say they've bought more cd's due to p2p, and thus completely disregard any evidence to the contrary. It's a shame that everyone in the mass media is a clueless phb idiot who isn't as smart as me and can't do the same.

Re:so what? (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796326)

I've bought tons of CDs in 2003. I'm a burnin' fool!

Oh, wait, that's not what they meant...

iTunes anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796159)

Funny, no mention of iTunes or other legal music downloading systems. My music buying habits are restricted to used CDs or iTunes Music Store. I imagine I'm not the only one.

New Data! (4, Funny)

ddelrio (749862) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796160)

In a new report issued this week, eight-track and Atari 2600 game sales are down. Industry leaders blame rampant piracy and MAME.

Carefully chosen words... (5, Insightful)

tweakt (325224) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796162)

Total sales of singles, including cassettes and vinyl, which have dipped significantly since the Internet file-sharing and CD-burning craze began in the late 1990s, fell 18.7 percent in value terms between 2002 and 2003.

Riiiight. And the introduction of the Compact Disc had absolutely no effect on the sales of cassettes and vinyl. It was clearly completely due to the "file-sharing and CD-burning craze". Uh-huh.

more crappy bands. not enough interest (0, Redundant)

bikepunx (537891) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796165)

no one talks about the sub par bands that the majors are releasing. theres only so many crappy bands that can be released at one time. do we really need 100 creed rip off bands? did janet jackson need to release a new record? is justin timberlake adding to the integrity of music's history. i think not.

As a record store owner (-1, Troll)

rqqrtnb (753156) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796166)

My business faces ruin. CD sales have dropped through the floor. People aren't buying half as many CDs as they did just a year ago. Revenue is down and costs are up. My store has survived for years, but I now face the prospect of bankruptcy. Every day I ask myself why this is happening.

I bought the store about 12 years ago. It was one of those boutique record stores that sell obscure, independent releases that no-one listens to, not even the people that buy them. I decided that to grow the business I'd need to aim for a different demographic, the family market. My store specialised in family music - stuff that the whole family could listen to. I don't sell sick stuff like Marilyn Manson or cop-killer rap, and I'm proud to have one of the most extensive Christian rock sections that I know of.

The business strategy worked. People flocked to my store, knowing that they (and their children) could safely purchase records without profanity or violent lyrics. Over the years I expanded the business and took on more clean-cut and friendly employees. It took hard work and long hours but I had achieved my dream - owning a profitable business that I had built with my own hands, from the ground up. But now, this dream is turning into a nightmare.

Every day, fewer and fewer customers enter my store to buy fewer and fewer CDs. Why is no one buying CDs? Are people not interested in music? Do people prefer to watch TV, see films, read books? I don't know. But there is one, inescapable truth - Internet piracy is mostly to blame. The statistics speak for themselves - one in three discs world wide is a pirate. On The Internet, you can find and download hundreds of dollars worth of music in just minutes. It has the potential to destroy the music industry, from artists, to record companies to stores like my own. Before you point to the supposed "economic downturn", I'll note that the book store just across from my store is doing great business. Unlike CDs, it's harder to copy books over The Internet.

A week ago, an unpleasant experience with pirates gave me an idea. In my store, I overheard a teenage patron talking to his friend.

"Dude, I'm going to put this CD on the Internet right away."

"Yeah, dude, that's really lete [sic], you'll get lots of respect."

I was fuming. So they were out to destroy the record industry from right under my nose? Fat chance. When they came to the counter to make their purchase, I grabbed the little shit by his shirt. "So...you're going to copy this to your friends over The Internet, punk?" I asked him in my best Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry voice.

"Uh y-yeh." He mumbled, shocked.

"That's it. What's your name? You're blacklisted. Now take yourself and your little bitch friend out of my store - and don't come back." I barked. Cravenly, they complied and scampered off.

So that's my idea - a national blacklist of pirates. If somebody cannot obey the basic rules of society, then they should be excluded from society. If pirates want to steal from the music industry, then the music industry should exclude them. It's that simple. One strike, and you're out - no reputable record store will allow you to buy another CD. If the pirates can't buy the CDS to begin with, then they won't be able to copy them over The Internet, will they? It's no different to doctors blacklisting drug dealers from buying prescription medicine.

I have just written a letter to the RIAA outlining my proposal. Suing pirates one by one isn't going far enough. Not to mention pirates use the fact that they're being sued to unfairly portray themselves as victims. A national register of pirates would make the problem far easier to deal with. People would be encouraged to give the names of suspected pirates to a hotline, similar to TIPS. Once we know the size of the problem, the police and other law enforcement agencies will be forced to take piracy seriously. They have fought the War on Drugs with skill, so why not the War on Piracy?

This evening, my daughters asked me. "Why do the other kids laugh at us?"

I wanted to tell them the truth - it's because they wear old clothes and have cheap haircuts. I can't afford anything better for them right now.

"It's because they are idiots, kids", I told them. "Don't listen to them."

When the kids went to bed, my wife asked me, "Will we be able to keep the house, David?"

I just shook my head, and tried to hold back the tears. "I don't know, Jenny. I don't know."

When my girls ask me questions like that, I feel like my heart is being wrenched out of my chest. But knowing that I'm doing the best I can to save my family and my business is some consolation.

Some people are offended by my blacklist system. I may have made my store less popular for pirates and sympathisers, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make to save my industry from destruction. I am inspired by artists such as Metallica that have taken a stand against the powerful pirate lobby. When everyone believes 2 + 2 = 5, to simply state the truth, that 2 + 2 = 4, is a courageous act.

Re:As a record store owner (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796271)

Speaking of piracy...how long did it take you to plagarise that post?

Re:As a record store owner (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796299)

So Internet piracy is affecting your christian, wholesome family, music store? I'll calling BS on this one. Piracy isn't leading to your shitty store's downfall, the economy is. Suck it up, it's happening to small businesses all across the US, not just in the music industry.

Re:As a record store owner (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796336)

someone please mod this troll, or at the very least flamebait

Re:As a record store owner (1)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796345)

It would be funnier if it wasn't a blatant cut and paste of this post [slashdot.org] .

Lack of sales (1)

Grendol (583881) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796167)

I would blame lack of sales on lack of descent disposable income or lack of descent content. Piracy is not worth the effort to me for the few things that I buy.

Does all of this anti piracy control stuff remind anyone of Ma-Bell and the monopoly, or is it just me?

3-4 minutes of entertainment vs. 2 hrs? (1, Insightful)

Trixxter (166) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796171)

I simply won't buy a cd because everytime i've bought one in the past five years there has been one song i like on it. So that equates to $15 for 3-4 minutes of entertainment. With a dvd, for $15, i get 2 hrs. of entertainment. Why would i bother with CDs?

Slashdot and US-ASCII (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796175)

Did you ever wonder why Slashdot only supports 7-bit ASCII, i.e. no extended ASCII, Unicode or ISO-8859 characters?

Because Slashdot is a wholly American and Patriot website, that's why.

Think about it! Do you want Slashdot to become a forum for terrorists, where they can freely discuss plans for taking away our freedom and killing our brave soldiers through HORRIBLE ACTS OF TERRORISM in their own language and the heathen Arabic script? Unicode, a system that enables terrorists worldwide to plan terrorist actions and communicate through the Internet. Though most try to cover it up, it is no secret to most IT-savvy Americans that Unicode development is partly funded by Al-Qaeda and partly by the French, dictator-supporting government.

There is none of that anti-social trash here. Slashdot supports only AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC CHARACTERS. Eurotrash, look out, because you can't use your fucking umlauts and ~'s here. We saved your sorry asses in World War II -- the least you can do is show some fucking respect and use our alphabet. Slashdot does not support your anti-American characters. 7-bit ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is commonly known as US-ASCII. This speaks for itself. The one and only choice for PATRIOTIC AMERICANS is US-ASCII, the STANDARD CODE for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm PROUD be a member of this patriotic, American Slashdot community. I am not going to let freedom-hating terrorists plot evil plans on an American-owned, FREE SPEECH website.

Do not believe the terrorist propaganda lies.
Boycott Unicode -- it is a tool of terrorism.
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN US-ASCII AND THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY WON.

Quality of music is fading (2, Insightful)

borghal (690501) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796177)

I think this is merely an effect of music going more and more for quick and easy commercial fixes. Even people who listen to dance music used to buy albums, nowadays the quality is just so shite there's no hiding it. Personally, I made quite a few new discoveries last year, but ofcourse I don't pay attention to mainstream music&media, so my total number of purchases should remain about the same.

Most New Music Sucks (2, Insightful)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796184)

RIAA will site this as proof that P2P damages record sales. But could it be that most new music SUCKS?

Maybe prices are also an issue.. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796187)

In the US, a new CD is now $17.99, sometimes even $18.99 or $21.99. When I was in college 3-4 years ago a new CD was usually $13.99 or $14.99 at my local bookstore. I was at Borders the other day wanting to buy a new album (that I couldn't download!) and was blown away that they wanted $19.99 for ONE CD. Screw that, I'll search harder and find it online somewhere...

When iTunes first came out I thought $9.99 for a CD was silly, but now 50% off is starting to make sense... (Speaking of iTunes this study doesn't seem to take online sales into account...)

But does file sharing really hurt sales? (2, Informative)

jonasmit (560153) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796192)

NYTimes article [nytimes.com] TechnologyReview article [technologyreview.com]

DVD competition? definitely (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796194)

Last I checked, my VCD/DVD song collection exceeded that of CD (Songs on CD about 1000 vs DVD/VCD about 1500). Most of the DVDs and VCDs have been bought in last 2-3 years, during which time, I bought very few CDs. BTW, I listen mostly songs from Hindi movies.

Slashdot and US-ASCII (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796196)

Did you ever wonder why Slashdot only supports 7-bit ASCII, i.e. no extended ASCII, Unicode or ISO-8859 characters?

Because Slashdot is a wholly American and Patriot website, that's why.

Think about it! Do you want Slashdot to become a forum for terrorists, where they can freely discuss plans for taking away our freedom and killing our brave soldiers through HORRIBLE ACTS OF TERRORISM in their own language and the heathen Arabic script? Unicode, a system that enables terrorists worldwide to plan terrorist actions and communicate through the Internet. Though most try to cover it up, it is no secret to most IT-savvy Americans that Unicode development is partly funded by Al-Qaeda and partly by the French, dictator-supporting government.

There is none of that anti-social trash here. Slashdot supports only AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC CHARACTERS. Eurotrash, look out, because you can't use your fucking umlauts and ~'s here. We saved your sorry asses in World War II -- the least you can do is show some fucking respect and use our alphabet. Slashdot does not support your anti-American characters. 7-bit ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is commonly known as US-ASCII. This speaks for itself. The one and only choice for PATRIOTIC AMERICANS is US-ASCII, the STANDARD CODE for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm PROUD be a member of this patriotic, American Slashdot community. I am not going to let freedom-hating terrorists plot evil plans on an American-owned, FREE SPEECH website.

Do not believe the terrorist propaganda lies.
Boycott Unicode -- it is a tool of terrorism.
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN US-ASCII AND THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY WON.

question (1)

andy1307 (656570) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796198)

"a strong second-half recovery in the United States, Britain and Australia

Is that an improvement in the economy or an improvement in the quality of music?

Something tells me we'll be seeing more wardrobe malfunctions in an effort to sell more CDs and promote more tours(which generate good revenue for the artist).

Piracy must be the reason (3, Interesting)

nizo (81281) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796200)

After all, it couldn't be:


- Lame new music


- Increased prices of CDs


I keep waiting for a law firm somewhere to offer "RIAA insurance": pay $5/month and they offer to defend you if you ever get sued by them.

DVD Sales UP? (4, Interesting)

AMG (110468) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796205)

It should be interesting to see if the DVD sales rose up. If Ive to choose between a live CD concert and a live DVD concert, I get the DVD. Dont you?

Slashdot and US-ASCII (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796206)

Did you ever wonder why Slashdot only supports 7-bit ASCII, i.e. no extended ASCII, Unicode or ISO-8859 characters?

Because Slashdot is a wholly American and Patriot website, that's why.

Think about it! Do you want Slashdot to become a forum for terrorists, where they can freely discuss plans for taking away our freedom and killing our brave soldiers through HORRIBLE ACTS OF TERRORISM in their own language and the heathen Arabic script? Unicode, a system that enables terrorists worldwide to plan terrorist actions and communicate through the Internet. Though most try to cover it up, it is no secret to most IT-savvy Americans that Unicode development is partly funded by Al-Qaeda and partly by the French, dictator-supporting government.

There is none of that anti-social trash here. Slashdot supports only AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC CHARACTERS. Eurotrash, look out, because you can't use your fucking umlauts and ~'s here. We saved your sorry asses in World War II -- the least you can do is show some fucking respect and use our alphabet. Slashdot does not support your anti-American characters. 7-bit ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is commonly known as US-ASCII. This speaks for itself. The one and only choice for PATRIOTIC AMERICANS is US-ASCII, the STANDARD CODE for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm PROUD be a member of this patriotic, American Slashdot community. I am not going to let freedom-hating terrorists plot evil plans on an American-owned, FREE SPEECH website.

Do not believe the terrorist propaganda lies.
Boycott Unicode -- it is a tool of terrorism.
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN US-ASCII AND THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY WON.

A Informed Public (1)

Lewis Daggart (539805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796208)

More and more people are sick of CD price gouging, yet the decline of sails is blamed on on rampant piracy and the economy. Look in the mirror.

Can someone tell me (5, Insightful)

kemapa (733992) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796210)

How an industry that makes so much profit can be considered a "beleaguered industry"? I'm sure the gas and cable industries are suffering heavily as well these days, huh?

Slashdot and ASCII (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796216)

Did you ever wonder why Slashdot only supports 7-bit ASCII, i.e. no extended ASCII, Unicode or ISO-8859 characters?

Because Slashdot is a wholly American and Patriot website, that's why.

Think about it! Do you want Slashdot to become a forum for terrorists, where they can freely discuss plans for taking away our freedom and killing our brave soldiers through HORRIBLE ACTS OF TERRORISM in their own language and the heathen Arabic script? Unicode, a system that enables terrorists worldwide to plan terrorist actions and communicate through the Internet. Though most try to cover it up, it is no secret to most IT-savvy Americans that Unicode development is partly funded by Al-Qaeda and partly by the French, dictator-supporting government.

There is none of that anti-social trash here. Slashdot supports only AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC CHARACTERS. Eurotrash, look out, because you can't use your fucking umlauts and ~'s here. We saved your sorry asses in World War II -- the least you can do is show some fucking respect and use our alphabet. Slashdot does not support your anti-American characters. 7-bit ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is commonly known as US-ASCII. This speaks for itself. The one and only choice for PATRIOTIC AMERICANS is US-ASCII, the STANDARD CODE for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm PROUD be a member of this patriotic, American Slashdot community. I am not going to let freedom-hating terrorists plot evil plans on an American-owned, FREE SPEECH website.

Do not believe the terrorist propaganda lies.
Boycott Unicode -- it is a tool of terrorism.
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN US-ASCII AND THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY WON.

Sure could fool me! (1)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796218)

I work part time at a local Best Buy running a front register and CDs fly off the shelves at a real good clip. Almost every person coming thru has at least 1 CD with them. If CD sales are slowing down, I don't see it...

Murder rates are down too. You know why? (5, Funny)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796221)

I haven't killed a man since 1984.

piracy (1)

JunichiTelex (731698) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796224)

Sales down because of Piracy? heck I got 3 Radiohead songs at one time and ended up buying 5 of there albums, in my case it definetly helped them out.

Piracy, or Crap Product? (1)

Baron_Yam (643147) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796295)

I once used P2P to download MP3s of everything I owned because my connection was faster than my processor - I could download faster than I could rip and compress.

I then used P2P to download some obscure stuff you can't find for sale.

Since then I have yet to hear something on the radio I bothered to remember the name of, nevermind download or buy.

I have heard lots I want to buy... (3, Insightful)

Black Art (3335) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796226)

Just not sold by the RIAA.

There are some great artists. I buy their albums whenever they appear in concert, at the concert. Then I know that at least a fraction of the money will actually go to the artist.

For example, check out Vienna Teng [viennateng.com] . Great music and even better live!

Of course P2P just has to be the culprit, right?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796231)

The RIAA wouldn't dare point their fingers at the Bush economy. Personally, there are a lot of things that I've wanted to buy, CDs included. I've wanted to buy a new vehicle and I've wanted to put a new roof on my house. All of these things have gone by the wayside because 1) my expenses have gone up due to higher gas costs and higher local taxes/property taxes 2) my income has remained stagnant for the past three years 3) I'm reluctant to go into debt because I don't want to be in that situation if I lose my job, which is very possible in this economy and 4) I'm trying to put money into savings in case that happens.

So yeah, I've bought less CDs (among other things) in the past couple of years because my disposable income has dropped precipitously. And when the RIAA sees its sales drop, rather than point their fingers at the economy in general (and the man responsible for it) they instead go after the Big Bad Bogeyman of P2P. Color me completely unsurprised. But they're completely wrong.

Sp0nge (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796240)

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How 'bout... (1)

djtripp (468558) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796245)

Lack of good music? I myself bought more Music last year than the 2 years coombined before, but last year, I also had something called money... And I don't think it has anything to do with P2P... People are broke, and parents aren't giving their kids as much an allowance.

Overkill on the radio (4, Interesting)

flashbang (124262) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796247)

You know, I bet if you did a study looking at the increase of air play of songs compared to the CD sales you would see a decrease.

I for one may like a song at first, but when radio stations are forced to play it over and over (every hour...) I get sick of it. I'm not going to buy that CD anymore - thanks radio...

That would be an interesting study...

Slashdot and US-ASCII (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796248)

Did you ever wonder why Slashdot only supports 7-bit ASCII, i.e. no extended ASCII, Unicode or ISO-8859 characters?

Because Slashdot is a wholly American and Patriot website, that's why.

Think about it! Do you want Slashdot to become a forum for terrorists, where they can freely discuss plans for taking away our freedom and killing our brave soldiers through HORRIBLE ACTS OF TERRORISM in their own language and the heathen Arabic script? Unicode, a system that enables terrorists worldwide to plan terrorist actions and communicate through the Internet. Though most try to cover it up, it is no secret to most IT-savvy Americans that Unicode development is partly funded by Al-Qaeda and partly by the French, dictator-supporting government.

There is none of that anti-social trash here. Slashdot supports only AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC CHARACTERS. Eurotrash, look out, because you can't use your fucking umlauts and ~'s here. We saved your sorry asses in World War II -- the least you can do is show some fucking respect and use our alphabet. Slashdot does not support your anti-American characters. 7-bit ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is commonly known as US-ASCII. This speaks for itself. The one and only choice for PATRIOTIC AMERICANS is US-ASCII, the STANDARD CODE for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm PROUD be a member of this patriotic, American Slashdot community. I am not going to let freedom-hating terrorists plot evil plans on an American-owned, FREE SPEECH website.

Do not believe the terrorist propaganda lies.
Boycott Unicode -- it is a tool of terrorism.
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN US-ASCII AND THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY WON.

Re:Slashdot and US-ASCII (0, Offtopic)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796292)

Will someone PLEASE mod this trash down into oblivion?

What the article missed... (3, Insightful)

GreenCrackBaby (203293) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796251)

An industry that has started a warpath suing children, the elderly, and many more of its potential customers is suffering from poor sales. Shocking!

The reasons... (1)

tuxedobob (582913) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796260)

'rampant piracy, poor economic conditions and competition from video games and DVDs.'

Not necessarily in that order.

Conspiracy Theory - it's all deliberate (2, Insightful)

jkeegan (35099) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796262)

One almost has to wonder if some brilliant yet lazy executive proposed:

"Hey.. let's not work too hard this year.. Don't try too hard to find good talent, and don't go crazy promoting what we currently have. Sure we'll all pay in the short term, but we'll get what we want - a report of lost CD sales.. We'll benefit from whatever corrective measures are taken, and then we can sit back and make more in the long run without trying so hard to find quality work, because we'll have more rights on the music and stronger copyright laws."

(Cue the "you give them too much credit" replies. :) )

Harvard Study says otherwise... (1)

BenSnyder (253224) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796264)

News of the Harvard study which seemed to rule out piracy as a economic factor was carried earlier on Slashdot [slashdot.org] , but even the NY Times [nytimes.com] picked it up.

Since its from Harvard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796291)

it must be true!

Slashdot and US-ASCII (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796270)

Did you ever wonder why Slashdot only supports 7-bit ASCII, i.e. no extended ASCII, Unicode or ISO-8859 characters?

Because Slashdot is a wholly American and Patriot website, that's why.

Think about it! Do you want Slashdot to become a forum for terrorists, where they can freely discuss plans for taking away our freedom and killing our brave soldiers through HORRIBLE ACTS OF TERRORISM in their own language and the heathen Arabic script? Unicode, a system that enables terrorists worldwide to plan terrorist actions and communicate through the Internet. Though most try to cover it up, it is no secret to most IT-savvy Americans that Unicode development is partly funded by Al-Qaeda and partly by the French, dictator-supporting government.

There is none of that anti-social trash here. Slashdot supports only AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC CHARACTERS. Eurotrash, look out, because you can't use your fucking umlauts and ~'s here. We saved your sorry asses in World War II -- the least you can do is show some fucking respect and use our alphabet. Slashdot does not support your anti-American characters. 7-bit ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is commonly known as US-ASCII. This speaks for itself. The one and only choice for PATRIOTIC AMERICANS is US-ASCII, the STANDARD CODE for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm PROUD be a member of this patriotic, American Slashdot community. I am not going to let freedom-hating terrorists plot evil plans on an American-owned, FREE SPEECH website.

Do not believe the terrorist propaganda lies.
Boycott Unicode -- it is a tool of terrorism.
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN US-ASCII AND THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY WON.

Canadian sales show recovery in 2004 (3, Interesting)

djmurdoch (306849) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796272)

If you go to the CRIA web page [www.cria.ca] , you'll see that CD sales (and gross revenue, though not revenue from CDs) were up over the same month in the preceding year in both January and February. The CRIA is the Canadian equivalent of the RIAA.

DVD sales are way up in all of the months I looked at. VHS and cassette tape sales are down, which isn't too surprising.

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796273)

...Whitney Houston's drug usage has wen't down 7.6% in the year of 2003 compared to the prior year.

Its called iTunes (1)

arakon (97351) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796275)

I haven't bought a CD since. Honestly I hate buying CDs cause they usually only have one song I like.

I hope CD sales continue to decline, they need to move along into the next century. And I concur with the previous statements that there just aren't really that many bands out there that make anything worth listening to.

"I'm going to my room to lishten to my Britney Shpears records."

Guess I just posted another worthless opinion to /. .

Could lack of sales be related to.... (1)

Nuclear Elephant (700938) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796276)

.... all of their artists in jail?

Buggy Sales (1)

SomeOtherGuy (179082) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796283)

The RIAA Must feel like the horse and buggy companies did when paved roads became a reality...and that evil pirate automobile started to overpower them.

That being said. Have they ever stopped to think maybe when you sale a product that can be variable based on quantity, that it will not always be a % increase each year. I mean very vew CD's were released in 2003 that I figured were worth my money....(had nothing to do with piracy). 2004 is looking better...As far as my taste goes.

Slashdot and US-ASCII (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796285)

Did you ever wonder why Slashdot only supports 7-bit ASCII, i.e. no extended ASCII, Unicode or ISO-8859 characters?

Because Slashdot is a wholly American and Patriot website, that's why.

Think about it! Do you want Slashdot to become a forum for terrorists, where they can freely discuss plans for taking away our freedom and killing our brave soldiers through HORRIBLE ACTS OF TERRORISM in their own language and the heathen Arabic script? Unicode, a system that enables terrorists worldwide to plan terrorist actions and communicate through the Internet. Though most try to cover it up, it is no secret to most IT-savvy Americans that Unicode development is partly funded by Al-Qaeda and partly by the French, dictator-supporting government.

There is none of that anti-social trash here. Slashdot supports only AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC CHARACTERS. Eurotrash, look out, because you can't use your fucking umlauts and ~'s here. We saved your sorry asses in World War II -- the least you can do is show some fucking respect and use our alphabet. Slashdot does not support your anti-American characters. 7-bit ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is commonly known as US-ASCII. This speaks for itself. The one and only choice for PATRIOTIC AMERICANS is US-ASCII, the STANDARD CODE for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm PROUD be a member of this patriotic, American Slashdot community. I am not going to let freedom-hating terrorists plot evil plans on an American-owned, FREE SPEECH website.

Do not believe the terrorist propaganda lies.
Boycott Unicode -- it is a tool of terrorism.
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN US-ASCII AND THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY WON.

not much worth buying (1)

troyef (761432) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796286)

as the story states, there really isn'y much worth buying right now. even MTV ran a story that stated piracy wasn't the reason for the sales slump....

it is recording contracts for american idols and the next flashy bubble-gum band (or should I say, performer)... the record companies are pouring money into crap that won't sell... or they get the new face to sing a song they know will sell and put a horrible album around it...

all the new stuff tends to sound the same... buy one and you have 90% or music covered...

I bought lots of CDs in 2003... (1)

armyofone (594988) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796294)

... but they were all out of the used bin. The RIAA can have some of my money again when they give me a decent product at a decent price.

Why does a DVD with 6 hours of material cost $14.99 while a CD with 1 hour of material cost $16 to $19?

Sham (1)

kajoob (62237) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796302)

Not only is the 7.6% number a shame, it's nearly insignificant to what the RIAA is claiming is happening to the CD market. If you haven't already seen it, watch Lawrence Lessig's "Free Culture" lecture from the 2002 OSCON [randomfoo.net] , it's friggen brilliant. (heads up - it's an 8mb flash presentation, but is well worth it.)

Slashdot and ASCII (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796305)

Did you ever wonder why Slashdot only supports 7-bit ASCII, i.e. no extended ASCII, Unicode or ISO-8859 characters?

Because Slashdot is a wholly American and Patriot website, that's why.

Think about it! Do you want Slashdot to become a forum for terrorists, where they can freely discuss plans for taking away our freedom and killing our brave soldiers through HORRIBLE ACTS OF TERRORISM in their own language and the heathen Arabic script? Unicode, a system that enables terrorists worldwide to plan terrorist actions and communicate through the Internet. Though most try to cover it up, it is no secret to most IT-savvy Americans that Unicode development is partly funded by Al-Qaeda and partly by the French, dictator-supporting government.

There is none of that anti-social trash here. Slashdot supports only AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC CHARACTERS. Eurotrash, look out, because you can't use your fucking umlauts and ~'s here. We saved your sorry asses in World War II -- the least you can do is show some fucking respect and use our alphabet. Slashdot does not support your anti-American characters. 7-bit ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is commonly known as US-ASCII. This speaks for itself. The one and only choice for PATRIOTIC AMERICANS is US-ASCII, the STANDARD CODE for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm PROUD be a member of this patriotic, American Slashdot community. I am not going to let freedom-hating terrorists plot evil plans on an American-owned, FREE SPEECH website.

Do not believe the terrorist propaganda lies.
Boycott Unicode -- it is a tool of terrorism.
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN US-ASCII AND THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY WON.

Most albums of 2003 were terrible (1)

NaCh0 (6124) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796308)

2003 was a sad year in music if you listen to the radio or M-Viacom-TV. Pretty much all they played was blink 182-esque pussy punk.

There is one exception to the rule that got almost no airplay...Chimaira's Impossiblity of Reason. Look it up on Amazon or your favorite site. Truly an amazing metal album.

Boomers? (1)

jridley (9305) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796316)

You know, the population is aging. The music industry is persuing the young crowd, because they're the ones who buy the most music, but there are steadily less of them as the boomer bump moves down the timeline.
Maybe that has something to do with it? Probably not all, but maybe some.

Slashdot and US-ASCII (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796317)

Did you ever wonder why Slashdot only supports 7-bit ASCII, i.e. no extended ASCII, Unicode or ISO-8859 characters?

Because Slashdot is a wholly American and Patriot website, that's why.

Think about it! Do you want Slashdot to become a forum for terrorists, where they can freely discuss plans for taking away our freedom and killing our brave soldiers through HORRIBLE ACTS OF TERRORISM in their own language and the heathen Arabic script? Unicode, a system that enables terrorists worldwide to plan terrorist actions and communicate through the Internet. Though most try to cover it up, it is no secret to most IT-savvy Americans that Unicode development is partly funded by Al-Qaeda and partly by the French, dictator-supporting government.

There is none of that anti-social trash here. Slashdot supports only AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC CHARACTERS. Eurotrash, look out, because you can't use your fucking umlauts and ~'s here. We saved your sorry asses in World War II -- the least you can do is show some fucking respect and use our alphabet. Slashdot does not support your anti-American characters. 7-bit ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is commonly known as US-ASCII. This speaks for itself. The one and only choice for PATRIOTIC AMERICANS is US-ASCII, the STANDARD CODE for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm PROUD be a member of this patriotic, American Slashdot community. I am not going to let freedom-hating terrorists plot evil plans on an American-owned, FREE SPEECH website.

Do not believe the terrorist propaganda lies.
Boycott Unicode -- it is a tool of terrorism.
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN US-ASCII AND THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY WON.

Hopes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796320)

"a strong second-half recovery in the United States, Britain and Australia... has raised hopes that the worst is behind the beleaguered industry"

Well, I for one am hoping that the worst is ahead for the beleaguered industry. If anyone deserved to get jobs at McDonald's, it is the fucking music execs.

Trying to use up my free iTunes songs... (2, Interesting)

gozar (39392) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796321)

This brings up a good point about what to buy. I've got ~10 free songs coming to me from the Pepsi/iTunes giveaway, and I don't know what to buy with them.

I start looking around for a song I want, and I usually end up buying the entire album instead (latest purchases, Gershwin's Greatest Hits and Buffy: Once More with Feeling). My tastes in music are pretty varied, going from classical to hip-hop, but I'm having a tough time finding music I want to get.

I don't even look at CDs anymore. Too expensive and takes too long to find something you like.

I'm sure every record exec started shaking in their boots with the USA Today article [usatoday.com] that shows that a lot more youth are turning to their parents CD collection of Queen and ZZ Top. No new sales.

what do I want? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8796323)

when I want a song I download it

when I want an album I buy it

Piracy up 450% (1)

DR SoB (749180) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796324)

See for yourself:

http://iias.leidenuniv.nl/iias/agenda/040903.htm l

I think it's all the RIAA's fault myself. I mean with these overpriced songs, what's a pirate to do? He _must_ pirate in order to buy the latest pirate music.

Popular Music Blows (1)

jgerry (14280) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796329)

Give me something to listen to that doesn't suck and maybe I'll start buying CDs again. A quick look through the Billboard top 10 curbs my appetite for new music very quickly.

Am I just getting old?

How do (1)

jlechem (613317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796330)

The two phrases: "Global music sales fell 7.6 percent in 2003 to $32 billion" and "However, a strong second-half recovery in the United States, Britain and Australia, boosted by top-selling acts such as Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and rapper 50 Cent, has raised hopes that the worst is behind the beleaguered industry." go together? 32 billion dollars is a lot of money. I don't feel sorry for them. What they only made 65% profit intead of 85%? Time to get out the big guns!

Sales down (1)

greygent (523713) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796334)

Right, because none of the reasons could possibly be that the music the industry is releasing these days is mostly impotent and complete shit.

CDs are becomming obsolete. (1)

jetkust (596906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796337)

Enough said.

It's the economy, stupid! (1)

jenohn (758625) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796338)

The amount of disposable income has decreased (presumably - I didn't check) due to unemployment and the desire to spend has lessened due to uncertainty in individual economic futures. With this economy, is it unreasonable to presume that sales of music might be down?

It's The Outsourcing, Stupid! (1)

tds67 (670584) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796339)

...and points to 'rampant piracy, poor economic conditions...

If economic conditions are poor then the obvious solution for the music industry is to eliminate those high dollar western musicians! They could then hire musicians on-the-cheap from third world countries, repackage them into an image of their choosing (e.g., Appu Timberlaku) and have the CDs manufactured in sweatshops in Freedonia.

Vinyl Sales were down When Tape was released. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796343)

When they made cassette tapes and after a while the sale of Vinyl Records went down because tapes were more portable and lasted longer.

The sale of cassette tapes went down after CDs were released because CDs were More portable and lasted longer.

Now the sales of CDs are down due to the fact that MP3s are more portable and can be backed up thus lasting longer.

I am finding a trend. The only difference is that the CD distributers didn't choose MP3s to replace their CDs. The consumers have spoken and they said they want MP3s and other form or portable digital music where they can just get the songs they want.

Today's music... (2, Interesting)

Rick Zeman (15628) | more than 10 years ago | (#8796346)

...bites, from what I've heard. I can count on one hand how many CDs I have that were published this millennium. I'm sure there's lots of good stuff buried out there, but Clear Channel won't let me near them.

Plus, very few people even know how to play a guitar anymore (Joe Bonamassa being a big exception).
I didn't see a "it sucks" cause in the article...

Yeah, I'm geezing, I know....

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