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Re: Record Industry Decline

Michael Billow wrote:
> But the reason
> for their downfall is not their conduct, it is the changing
> world of technology and the fact that music can now
> be traded so easily, all over the world. Its the internet,
> nobody's fault really.
That's like saying all dynamite is bad.  Sure, suicide bombers use 
dynamite in a bad way but a road construction crew uses dynamite in a 
good way.  The internet is a thing, a tool.  It is neither good nor bad 
on its own.  It all depends upon how a person uses it.
> Its basically no different from being
> able to record a record on your cassette player in the
> 70s,
except that you get *exact* copies with no generational loss, compressed 
files not withstanding.
> except now you can share and trade with thousands
> of people from your own computer.
Oh, is *that* all?  :)  Instead of running off cassette copies in real 
time (or double speed if you didn't mind the high end loss), you can rip 
a CD once, get an exact copy, and then share it with everyone in your 
address book with one email in much less time than it took to copy an LP 
to cassette.  I'd say that this is a significant difference.
> But the music industry
> is going to have to scramble to roll with the changes.
Agreed.  Some feel that it is too late.  That remains to be seen.