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iTunes helping music industry recover

updated 08:10 am EDT, Fri May 28, 2004

iTunes helping industry

iTunes and other music download services are helping drive , according to the BBC. "While downloaded music accounts for 1% or 2% of sales currently, Mr Jopling said it could account for 4% or 5% by next year. He said the global industry was looking to the United States see how the market could recover. CD sales in the US have risen 9.4% in the year to date, said Mr Jopling....He said that the online services were also informing people about new music something, something the industry had struggled with previously."




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  1. sapridyne

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Impressive

    It's difficult to inform people about new music something, especially since it's something that most people don't understand, much less grasp or comprehend.

    I'm impressed.

  1. Guitar George

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    There's Hope!

    I hope this continues, as people are made more aware of what they are doing is seriously wrong and that they could face serious penalties.

    Go RIAA!

  1. g4zilla

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    That's funny...

    The RIAA claims CD sales have dropped, and continue to drop because of file sharing. What a load of c***. The RIAA isn't about artists and their music, it's about profits and lawsuits.

    Go to h*** RIAA.

  1. z10n

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yep

    RIAA: "Music sales are down because of piracy."
    Sane Person: "Music sales are down because modern music sucks and you b******* won't promote any alternative artists."

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: That's funny...

    "The RIAA claims CD sales have dropped, and continue to drop because of file sharing. What a load of c***."

    Yes, it's a load of c***. I read a story of the whole thing on arstechnica.com over a month ago. The RIAA is citing CD "shipment" not sales. CD shipment has gone down because stores are keeping less albums in stock. Studies that actually tracks cd "sales" have always shown it going up.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: That's funny

    The RIAA claims CD sales have dropped, and continue to drop because of file sharing. What a load of c***. The RIAA isn't about artists and their music, it's about profits and lawsuits.

    Ummm, who ever said they were about the artists and their music. The RIAA is an association for the recording industry, not the artists. So wouldn't you think that their main concern should be that of the recording industry (i.e. ways to maximize profit, protect their rights, etc).

    The software industry has their own alliance (something like the BSA or some other acronym). You know the group, they go around talking about how much piracy hurts the developers, etc. But they aren't talking about the poor programmers, they're talking about the companies that make the money on the software. Where are you people bemoaning this association for using the programmers and not giving them benefit (h***, Apple even made all the OS people stop hiding their names in the software).

    Oh, and current music does suck, most of its derivative of each other (just read a nice review about Allanis Morisette (sp?) and Avril Lounghere (or whoever), both canadians, both just releasing new albums, and how its hard to tell Avril's from Alannis's. Not that I could gather whether the reviewer liked either, anyway).

    It was much better in the 90's when such alternative and cutting artists like N'Sync and the Backstreet Boys were new and different. But since they don't really work anymore (too busy trying to buy their way into space), it all goes downhill.

  1. Jablabla

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    good

    Its a good sign because most music sold is through wal mart. The only places people can hear stuff is through clear channel or mtv.

    Complain all you want about riaa. But I think another distribution channel is refreshing to say the least.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    reply to testudo

    You made some good points there about the RIAA being an association for the recording industry, not the artists.
    And you are certainly correct about Avril sounding like Alannis. I thought I was the only one that thought that. But I do give Avril props for having such a strong voice to sound Alannis.

    However, you can't use the word alternative in the same sentence with N'Sync and Backstreet Boys. They were Pop through and through. And they weren't an alternative to anything. Since almost everthing out there is...Pop.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: reply to testudo

    Sorry, I was trying for the ironic and apparently didn't hit it spot on (I mean, I guess there could be someone out there who thinks nsync was 'alternative', but most I know saw them as "New Kids for the 90's".

  1. slipperfrog

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Huh?

    This is stupid. The RIAA is a monopoly. They control the production, content and pricing. If they want sales to "recover" they can do three simple things: increase production. Increase the overall quality of the product they're selling (that is, MUSIC) and decrease the cost the consumer pays for said product.

    Not hard. It's a bit disingenuous to cut production. sell c*** for $19 and then complaining about "lost sales" and those horrible Internet downloaders.

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