not sure if this is the right area of the forum for this, but heres a thorey of mine, probobly quite obious to most of you,
record sales will NEVER come back to what they use to be for a simple reason,
you use to go buy an album, and you were forced to either choose from the single, meaning paying 4-5 bucks for 1 song and a couple of remixes, or buying the whole album, which was 12-15 bucks for 8-12 songs.
from those 8-12 songs you had 1-2 good songs, 3-4 ok songs, and the rest is filler.
come P2P and the structure changes, and you have amazon or itunes selling songs at 0.99 each, a record company publishes an album with the same stracture, 1-2 good songs, 3-4 ok songs and filler,
the avarage fan goes to itunes, listens to the samsples or just buys the songs he likes off the radio from that album, meaning that he buys the 1-2 good songs, maybe 1-3 songs from the ok songs and leaves the filler where it belongs,
so the same album which would have given 12-15 dollars of brute revenue is now giving 2-5 dollars worth of brute revenue.
and this is all fully legal/moral/kosher, no piracy or unapproved downloads involved, so as much as the record labels bitch and whine, and as many laws corrupt goverments pass, in the end of the day, the market has changed and record labels will never again make the sums of cash they use to make in the pre CD golden eras.
amd i wrong or right ?