Originally Posted by K-Luv
The real, and only, solution is to offer legally downloadable music for a cheaper price, like 25 cents per song. People will be more inclined to pay for music if they feel like they are getting a good deal.
Actually the real solution is stop buying mass distributed music and seek out bands offering their music for cheap or even free. Explore the alternatives as there is many out there. In the past the one thing that trumped everything the media industry could supply was distribution. That's changed and the only thing they have now is promotion, they know it and they are running scared. It's one reason they try to stop file sharing technology. When Radiohead and already established act released an album with the cost of "Pay what you want for it
" and pocketed an estimated $10 million in 24 hours with many of those albums being downloaded through p2p, you can bet that made a few execs pop an artery.
The difference between them and "Joe Band" playing down the street in lot of cases is nothing more than promotion. Support your local acts, the bands who work for it will get the recognition they deserve instead of some fat old guy deciding what you like and you the consumer get better and cheaper music. The band's benefit tremendously because all the cash goes into their own pocket.
Anyone can get a web hosting plan for $5 and wallah insta worldwide distributiion. Certainly not going to cost $5 for a really popular band but it's fractions of a penny if you want to distribute music.
The large media companies can still control music distribution because people keep buying it and feeding on the hype and promotion no matter how bad the band is. The bands are forced into taking the traditional route if they want to make it big because the public keeps eating up. For every one band that made it to the top there is probably 10 if not more out there still playing the bars that are better. Instead of a Led Zeppelin topping the charts we got some 14 old kid with braces topping the charts and that is just wrong.