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Pay for it or Lose us

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by funkybunker, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. funkybunker

    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I don't get the article's point. He 's basically complaining that people did not buy lots of the band 's records and so they may not produce any more. So what?
     
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    Treating downloaded music/software/etc as "lost sales" is wishful thinking. What makes the author think that all the people who downloaded the songs even liked them? They can continue to live in the past, or they can figure out new ways to monetize their music and use the downloads as a way to market themselves through word-of-mouth. Remember, advertising isn't free, so getting someone who heard their songs for free to tell their friends about this band they like is huge.
     
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    The musician that wrote the article really misses the point. It is not the 1980's anymore, and you do not have the possibility of preventing downloads. If your product is good enough, you can make money touring, or selling ring-signals, or putting your face on lunch-boxes. I am not gonna go and search for stats to prove my point, but it is obvious to me that more independent artists make more money now than in the "old days". The only thing that has changed is that nobody will go to a store to buy an overpriced piece of plastic with your tunes on it, but even when people did that, the lions share of the revenue went to distribution anyway.

    Adapt or die. That is all there is to it. Don't mope.
     
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    I agree, I'm connecting with the article (or any on the topic for that matter) in the way of the audience liking your music, but wanting nothing but freebies. It's just stupid and obviously gets on the nerves. Threadkiller's proven a point that ruins the point of recording meaningful music as well:

    Record your music for free, get paid to be on a cereal box.
    Music is just bait these days, and that is bullshit. The mass public bitches about bubblegum crap but continues to eat it up. Sheeple.