* Posts by Mark

5 posts • joined 29 Jul 2008

Abba star slates 'lazy, stingy' Pirate Bay fans

Mark
Coat

The Music Industry Is Dead

but look look, we've got all these free mp3s!

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Pirate Bay prosecutor tosses infringement charges overboard

Mark
Flame

too granular

with any luck, no one will be dumb enough to be putting out records soon.

that should put a stop to all of this idiocy

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The Boss bitchslaps Ticketmaster

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Coat

But the freetards said

That ticket sales where the new way for artists to make money since they refuse to pay for the music.

I guess the left off the fact that the money is being made for ticketmaster, but I guess one windmill is as good as any other.

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Pandora prepares to join titsup.com club

Mark
Dead Vulture

@Jason Harvey

Realize that Pandora plays *way too much* non-RIAA music due to the superior recommendations mechanism - this is music that was produced independently, and although the soundexchange mechanism screws the indies very neatly, letting the independents suffocate in this "brave new world" where music has no intrinsic value whatsoever is a better solution overall.

Why would the RIAA want to support the independent market?

What would the point be?

I believe that they will change their tune a bit once the vast majority of the independent music market has withered away, along with however many more misdirected "Web 2.0" music-based startups, but not that much.

The long-term solution for the RIAA will be to fire all A/Rs, eliminate all artists from their rosters and shut down any studios/production facilities that they maintain and move into a pure royalty-collection and music licensing, and to sell the music to whoever can afford to pay for it, regardless of what that means to the bands or the fans.

Personally, I'm not looking forward to seeing sides 3,4, 5 and 6 of every hit album from the last few decades come out digitally as they scrape their catalog, but that's probably the best we can hope for. Certainly we are well beyond the point that being successful on an indie label is any guarantee of becoming rich as a majpr label signee. The smartest move that the RIAA can make moving forward is to avoid wasting money on developing new artists, and if those who would, i.e., the indie labels, are dying on the vine, all the better.

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Microsoft readies XP for One Laptop Per Child computer

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Somebody call a waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance

...Bill's taken the freetards' milk money.

Again.

Can't you guys just be happy forcing your grandmother to use TARDOS?

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