July 20, 2009

Coming To Grips With Reality? [7:37 am]

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)

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