April 08, 2005

Wilco – Embracing technology in the music industry

From bbcnews

US country-rock group Wilco's lead singer Jeff Tweedy has criticised the music industry's negative attitude to the internet, saying it is "nothing to be afraid of". In an industry that has often blamed the internet for falling sales and "stolen" royalties, Wilco have defied the doomsayers and used the net to their advantage.

The group have gone from strength to strength since making their fourth studio album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, available online for free in 2002.

"It's just new technology, and it's nothing to be afraid of," Tweedy tells the BBC World Service's The Music Biz programme.

"People are going to abuse it - they are going to pirate music, they always have done - but it's the same thing as tape.

"Cassette tapes were going to ruin music. If you go far enough back, the radio was going to ruin music."

Full article here

Better technology has brought new ways to ‘acquire’ content without paying, but for the few who companies/individuals who look at new opportunities to catering for increased demand for digital media, the rewards will be huge. Exerting effort on small fry downloaders without studying the incentives driving such people to reject traditional sales methods is foolish. The companies behind services such as Itunes and MSN Music have the right idea, though they have a long way to go.

For anyone yet to browse the numerous mp3blogs around the internet check out some of the links on the Music category on the left hand side of this blog. They’re a great source of information on the latest independent (& decent mainstream) music and often provide sample tracks.

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