Coming To Grips With Reality?

Music Industry Lures ‘Casual’ Pirates to Legal Sites (pdf)

Record company executives say there are three kinds of music fans. There are those who buy music, and those who get a kick out of never paying for it. And then there are those whom Rob Wells at Universal Music Group calls “dinner party pirates”: the vast majority of listeners, those who copy music illegally because it is more convenient than buying it.

If those low-level copyright cheats could be converted to using legal music services, the digital music business would get much-needed help. Yet even industry executives acknowledge that until recently, they were not giving those listeners many ways to do what they wanted: to sample new music and to play it back anytime, at little or no cost.

Related, stemming, in part, from the announced closing of the local rock institution, WBCN: Young listeners tune out radio in search for new music (pdf)