Monday, April 05, 2004

The Emperor (again) has no clothes?
Curious. It has taken the Times until now to finally question the RIAA's statements that file sharing is behind the music industry's problems? My God! People have been saying that the RIAA's numbers and case against file swappers doesn't hold water and wouldn't stand up in court for YEARS, yet the Times treats this as a new development.
"Downloads have an effect on sales which is statistically indistinguishable from zero, despite rather precise estimates," write its authors, Felix Oberholzer-Gee of the Harvard Business School and Koleman S. Strumpf of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Personally, my favorite part of this article is when they mention that the RIAA's response was positively 'Bush-like' as they issued three different versions of its six-page response to the report.
The puzzling bit, however, is that there still is little mention of one of the root causes, something the industry doesn't like to talk about. When all the bands sound alike, and that sound is junk, who wants to buy more music? Where's the innovation? There are innovative artists out there, but they're never getting any airplay on radio, thanks in no part to consolidation and corporatization of the airways (thanks, ClearChannel). Until they fix that, sales will continue to be awful.

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