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Music industry sales decline slows in U.S.

updated 10:55 am EST, Fri March 5, 2004

Music industry sales down

Citing gains made combatting piracy, the music industry Friday announced that wholesale shipments of CDs, music videos, and other format in the U.S. during 2003 in the previous year. That translates to a 4.3 percent decline overall in the value of music shipments to retail outlets, or $11.05 billion in 2003 compared with $11.60 billion in 2002, according to The Financial Times.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    I guess they

    couldn't say a better economy had anything to do with it. Piracy is as strong as ever.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    RIPE.

    CD sales are just RIPE to fall another 10-15 percent.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Also

    Don't forget- the Music Industry has been pushing c*** over on consumers for years now. Just like software companies have "killer apps", the Music Industry needs killer artists- like Nirvana, Beatles, etc. It is a dry spell these days in the music industry folks. The s*** they are peddling is puerile c***. Does that have anything to do with sales declining? Perhaps? Sure piracy isn't helping- but why would anyone pay for Eminem or Britney when it is c*** to begin with when a download is free (or 99 cents legally) and you don't get the $17.99 record with all the filler BS. Also- thanks to the music industry overcharging consumers for years on CD's- the chickens have come home to roost. I personally hope the big labels eat c***. It's not really going to hurt the artists that have enough sense to go independent or with less bloated majors...

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    Yarrrgh!

    I'm just RIPE to be a pirate!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Once again

    the music industry blames all their problems on piracy. Nothing new here.

    As if none of these have anything to do with it:
    1) The economy
    2) The slowness of the tech industry right now
    3) The fact that the industry is putting out c*** artists and c*** music.
    4) The fact people pirate because the RIAA constantly tries to s**** them (high CD prices, etc.) and they are getting even or just simply sick and tired of it.
    5) The fact that it's easier and better to order music online via iTMS. With existing CDs ripped to iTunes, all new music bought online, and an iPod to carry around your entire music collection, CDs are basically obsolete.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    RIPE

    The music industry is just RIPE to lose 10-15% sales due to people being too RIPE to buy their c*** music

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Cut the RIPE c***

    Jeez. Grow up. RIPE was funny the FIRST 100,000 times. IT IS NOT FUNNY OR CUTE ANYMORE.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Re: RIPE

    You're just RIPE to have a rancid f*** ripped into your face.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Don't forget- the Music Industry has been pushing ripeness over on consumers for years now. Just like software companies have "killer ripeness", the Music Industry needs ripe artists- like Nirvana, Beatles, etc. It is a ripe spell these days in the music industry folks. The ripeness they are peddling is puerile c***. Does that have anything to do with sales ripening? Perhaps? Sure piracy isn't helping- but why would anyone ripen for Eminem or Britney when it is not ripe c*** to begin with when a download is riper (or 99 cents legally ripened) and you don't get the $17.99 record with all the ripe BS. Also- thanks to the music industry ripening consumers for years on CD's- the chickens have come home to ripeness. I personally hope the big ripe labels eat c***. It's not really going to ripen the artists that have enough sense to go independently ripe or with less bloated ripeness...

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    re: Cut the RIPE c***

    Jeez. Grow up. RIPE was funny the FIRST 100,000 times.

    100,000? You're being about 99,999 times too generous (and I'm being one time too generous myself).

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