|What Went Wrong?
Samuel-182 Sunday 10 April 2005
I decided to write this article to express my opinions on what
the music industry is doing wrong, and what needs to be done to
save it. If you disagree with me, good, if you agree with me,
good, this is my opinion and I'm not trying to force anyone onto
First let's look at some of the reasons the music industry is
losing its money, its jobs, and its mind. It all started with a
program called Napster. Napster was one of the first popular P2P
(peer to peer) file sharing programs. Everyone and their obese
parrot used Napster, including me, which I was only in the 4th
grade at the time of its launch. This program was controversial
because of its ability it gave to the users. You could log into
the program, search for any song you liked, and start
downloading, easy as that. Then came along the issue of
copywrites. For you people that don't know, an artist copywrites
his or her song after releasing it to the world. What that means
is you cannot reproduce it in any way without the artist's
permission, download it without the artist's permission, and
other stuff. What a copywrite basically does is protect a song
from being "assaulted". This is just the beginning of the music
industry's woes. Once P2P programs became REALLY popular, this
is when you began to see things really change. Major labels
started merging with other labels, people started getting laid
off, and record sales declined dramatically.
In steps an agency called the RIAA (Recording Industry
Association of America), they start suing people who
downloaded music off these P2P programs. These "people" included
teenagers! As young as twelve years old. This not only enraged
music lovers but didn't effect the number off people who used
the P2P networks. In fact, some companies saw their downloading
numbers increase! This began the darkest days of the music
industry which still continues today.
Then TV "music" channels suddenly changed, instead of giving
people what they wanted, they spoonfed trends to kids who
already knew about things for years before these channels did.
MTV is a perfect example. They took rap and have torn it apart.
Now their ratings are slowly going down due to unhapiness in
Indie labels in the past few years have gotten a huge boost of
support thanks to the internet. Web zines such as
absolutepunk.net and others have supported indie bands that are
based around a DIY (do it yourself) attitude. Which means they
start from the bottom and work their way up. A perfect example
of indie record label success is Victory Records and one of
their bands, Taking Back Sunday. The bands second album,
Where You Want to Be, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 100
album charts with little promotion at all from major "music"
channels such as MTV and little radio air play. Sadly, TBS are
now bigger than Jesus.
In conclusion, the music industry will continue to dwindle
unless they start listening to the LISTENERS. The ones who
actually know whats in and out. This will be alot more benefical
to the labels and to US if they jsut listened. Maybe one day
things will change, but for now I'll just enjoy seeing more
indie artists get bigger than 50 Cent. =