Music Consumption in the MP3 Era
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
 

Moral Kiosk

Now we need to think about the record companies. The ones who brought us Glenn Miller and Elvis, the ones who introduced the Beatles and the Stones, the ones who presented us with concepts and gatefolds.

Let us think of those record companies who toiled in independant limbo, the ones who were curators of the legacy, the offical word, the providers of highs, the abetters of seductions.

Let us pity them as the register bell slows, as Britney Spears vanishes into the hype, as downloaders leech them of their summer homes.

Sad sacks.

I think of lunch money spent on vinyl, wages spent on CD's, close to $40,000 over the years, not accounting for inflation. I think of my beloved but obsolete vinyls going for pennies on the dollar at the used shop, shortly before it went out of business. I think of the compact discs, pressed for 6 cents apiece and retailing for $20.

I dream of Eric Clapton, sitting in a penthouse somewhere, his son weeping tears in heaven. Richer than God, and not half the player. I worry for Jack Bruce, does he have clean socks, are there holes in his shoes?

Is file sharing mp3's illegal? So far it is, although I'd like to hear it from the highest court in the land, because I don't see how one can claim ownership and domain over a low-fi series of 0's and 1's on a hard drive.

We went through all this with cassette tapes back in the 1980's, when Britney was still an accident waiting to happen.

Is file sharing immoral? Since when was 'moral' part of the record company lexicon? But $40,000 ought to go a long way towards buying a lifetime pass.

What is killing the record companies? Same thing killing sports. Unrealistic amounts of money spent promoting an increasingly bland and not well played product.

It ain't me, babe. It ain't me you're looking for babe.
 
Comments:
I love your analogy of how much you have spent giving you a lifetime pass. I seem to have heard this sometime before...
 
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