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Wrap that Long Tail around…

Well I've been following Chris Anderson for some time. Happy he is focusing on my pet area in this post here. he gives an interesting report filled with data on the music business which indicates that it is thriving in every area except for sales of CD's. Well doh!-right? What do we need CD's for when we listen at our computers or on those micro-specialized computers called... oh yeah, MP3 players. I admit I still use CD's in my car (player handles 10 at a time) but haven't bought one in so long I can't remember. I rarely even burn music CD's any more. There is an abundance of free and legal music on the Net. Much of which meets the Net accepted standard-doesn't suck. Lefsetz the old music biz insider and prophet of the new media age keeps trying to tell them that. hard to sell expressive product much of which "does suck" for fifteen bucks when so much available for free legally and illegally tons more. Illegal but readily available.

So Radiohead was gaming us some according to Lefsetz and others. Wasn't so much goodwill/good karma as much as a bait and switch, inferior audio file sample now to hook us and buy better hard copy later... Well not me. Probably only hard copy stuff I consider buying these days is in DVD format. Interestingly, live music concerts appeal the most. Wonder if Jonathan Coulton or Brad Sucks have any live DVD's forthcoming,I mean since I haven't been able to get them to perform in Taiwan yet...


  • The other point here is that buying a CD presumes you like every song on an album -- or at least the majority therein. How many bands can you say that about these days? Not too many.

    The good thing about the "single"-based culture is that bands can craft one or two songs that are worth listening to and keep recording costs down, rather than have to punch out another dozen inferior tracks to complete an album (that no one will buy). The bands that ARE good enough to sustain a full album's worth of material should be rewarded, but others shouldn't be penalized for having fewer compelling ideas.

  • Hey Justin,
    Excellent points. Thanks for adding to the conversation. 😎

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