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(Billboard)   Music Industry has spent $4B on secure digital music downloads. Has made $1M of that back.   ( divider line
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2002-02-28 11:45:35 AM  
2002-02-28 11:46:23 AM  
99% of internet users could have warned them about this from the start.
2002-02-28 11:46:47 AM  
It's their own fault. They should allow the many thousands of Web sites out there to carry their content (and get paid via Affiliate programs) instead of dealing only with Yahoo! and etc.

Silly record companies. Tsk.
2002-02-28 11:46:52 AM  
ahh poetic justice, so far in the "post napster era" the music industry has had a 10% drop in CD sales, MORONS!!!!
2002-02-28 11:46:55 AM  
2002-02-28 11:48:48 AM  
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suck it, hilary rosen.
2002-02-28 11:49:19 AM  
This is terrible.

Everyone must visit ASAP and buy, BUY, BUY!!!!

Yes, it is a shameless plug.
2002-02-28 11:49:28 AM  
Did anyone catch the Music Industry Chief anti-MP3/Internet rant last night on the Grammys? Even the artists was booing him. What a tool.
2002-02-28 11:49:47 AM  
Napster was the best thing for the recording industry, but they were too stupid and greedy to see it. I rejoice at their demise.
2002-02-28 11:50:03 AM  
2002-02-28 11:51:42 AM  
Just incase this related article I submitted doesn't get posted, check this out.

It is beautiful.​ml
2002-02-28 11:52:51 AM  
They could make money back if they didn't pay those talentless whores and boybands so much undeserved money for doing nothing but being icons for pre-pubescent teens.
2002-02-28 11:53:39 AM  
Uh oh... the way the RIAA thinks, this means they've LOST $3.999 billion. Expect CD prices to rise again...
2002-02-28 11:53:56 AM  
The recording industry has screwed artists and consumers long enough. The only reason they could do it was because of the necessity of shipping tons and tons of plastic all over Creation to reach a wide audience. That necessity is gone, and so record companies are trying all kinds of market interventions to keep themselves from going the way of buggy whip manufacturers. The day the last of them tanks will be a happy day indeed.
2002-02-28 11:53:57 AM  
02-28-02 11:46:52 AM Trunks
ahh poetic justice, so far in the "post napster era" the music industry has had a 10% drop in CD sales, MORONS!!!!

Never mind the fact that what they've forced down your gullet for the last 5 years is pure shiat.

Best John Stewart line, (paraphrased), "...liberation brought music back to the streets in Afghanistan. Three days after that, even they were sick of Creed."
2002-02-28 11:55:58 AM  
Also, who want to buy CD's for $15 and up? that is absurd when you can now get it for free on the net. lower the price to somewhere under $10 and I bet they would sell much faster. Cheaper = higher Quantity.
2002-02-28 11:56:16 AM  
Cutting the nose off despite the face.
2002-02-28 11:58:03 AM  
TO spite. it's cutting off the nose to spite the face.
2002-02-28 12:00:16 PM  
can i still download tunes of the old interweb? if so where?
2002-02-28 12:02:12 PM  
So the RIAA execs can't afford to get their prostates milked anymore because of sharing music? Of course they ignore the obvious answer: At a time where the nation's economy is unstable, people are more worried about putting food in their bellys than buying $20 mainstream cd's! If they looked over the rim of their fat ass wallets they'd see that NO ONE is making any money these days.

It is a fact that this is one organization that seems to have no limits, and will never tire after the countless lawsuits and money spent they are still going strong. This is why we really need to support independent artists and not buy into the RIAAs tricks. Boycott the bastards, long live independent artists!
2002-02-28 12:02:28 PM  
I think this columnist has a penchant for trying to impress people with his lexicon.
2002-02-28 12:02:40 PM  
buster: use Kazaa or morpheus.

but remember, its legal to download only for "educational purposes" so delete them in 24 hours.

2002-02-28 12:03:09 PM  
Buster try here

You have to work a little bit, but it is worth it. Plus they are camo'ed .mp3's, which is cool, if The RIAA is spying on you.
2002-02-28 12:03:28 PM  
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"...1 MILLION dollars"
2002-02-28 12:05:45 PM  
Buster find Morpheus and use it. or Kazaa. search them find them use them
2002-02-28 12:06:55 PM  
The RIAA and their ilk are bona fide criminals.
2002-02-28 12:10:32 PM  

Farking losers.
2002-02-28 12:17:54 PM  
I thought Morpheus was farked. Or at least it was last night. I seen that speech on the Grammy's last night thought it was pretty funny.
2002-02-28 12:27:16 PM  
I couldn't believe when I went to the UK that CDs cost around 15 pounds, or $35 canadian (~$23 US?)! farking insane. obviously no one is going to buy a plastic disk full of computer-enhanced shiat if they can get all the computer-enhanced shiat they want for free on the net.
The only chance in hell the RIAA has of surviving is to lower the price to under $10 per. (like Matzug said.)
2002-02-28 12:29:35 PM  
let's hope morpheus brings out that updated version soon..
2002-02-28 12:33:36 PM  
The RIAA's claim that 2001's record losses were due to file-sharing is nothing more than lies, damn lies and statistic. Check out,6115,195487~4~0~whatyoucanl​e​arn,00.h tml

The fact is 2001 looked so poor because 2000 was such an unusual year. "From 1992 through 1999, three artists sold more than a million copies their first week out. In 2000, six artists did. Prior to 2000, no more than four sold more than 5 million copies in year. In 2000, seven did. In 2001, the top-seller, Linkin Park's ''Hybrid Theory,'' sold just 4.8 million copies."

The tide is quickly turning against the RIAA.
2002-02-28 12:34:41 PM  
People that download music are not killing the record industry. The record industry is killing the record industry.(If you even believe that they are not doing well)
Boo-Hoo go cry to someone else. After Napster was introduced every single sales record (except for Thriller as best selling album ever) was broken. they are making money hand over fist, and giving none of it to the artists.

in NYC, a cd sells for 17.99. Outrageous. I have to be damn sure that I want an album before I pay that kind of money for a CD. Therefore, I only buy 1 or 2 cd's a month. I used to buy at least 8 or 9 cd's a month. I am a huge music collector, and have over 1,200 cd's on my wall.
My point, cd's should be 5 or 6 dollars. Almost every album would go Platinum. People would impulse buy like crazy. For example, the new Starsailor album was 6.99 at Best Buy. i read a decent review of it, so I bought it, before I heard even a single track on it. At 17.99, I would have had to have heard at least 2 or 3 of the tracks, and read several glowing reviews for me to even consider it.
Spending 5 bucks and having the artwork and case is better than downloading it, but at 17.99, I'd much rather DL it and not have the liner notes.
Plus, this notion that the number of downloads equals the amount of money lost by the RIAA is absolutely absurd. I downloaded Mr. Roboto by Styx the other day just because i could, and wanted to play it as a goof. Listened to it once and deleted it. I guess that counts as money lost, becuase god knows, if I wasn't able to download it for free, I would've definitely driven to the store and bought the whole album for a song I don't even like.
We aren't making money any more. Cry Cry Cry. my bonus was only 800,000 this year. Only 14 of our companies albums went multi-platinum. Boo-hoo. Go Fark yourself. Long live file Sharing!!
2002-02-28 12:34:57 PM  
anyone watch the grammys last night? They made the RIAA look like the red cross.
2002-02-28 12:39:16 PM  
Morpheus is farked. I went to the damn site, i went to freakin' Cnet, I did a search for "morpheus patch" but i didn't find shiat.

Morpheus has been uninstalled, Kazaa reinstalled.

And the record companies can suck my left nut and call me Suzzane.
2002-02-28 12:41:16 PM  
"but remember, its legal to download only for "educational purposes" so delete them in 24 hours."

No, it's not. That's a wonderful urban legend, posted on warez games since since immemorial.

Enjoy your RIAA, American peeps! :)
2002-02-28 12:43:38 PM  
2002-02-28 12:44:30 PM  
What the article doesn't tell you is that of the $4 billion spent on 'digital downloads,' $3.99 billion of that went to pay for lawyers to sue naperster, everyone + dog.
2002-02-28 12:46:26 PM  
The RIAA and the MPAA are both cartels, pure and simple. Rather than acknowledge the fact that they've been screwing over consumers for years they'd rather whine incessantly about file sharing when it's never even been established that file sharing substantially cuts into sales.

And as far as the RIAA ripping off the "artists" goes, fark them too. This is Vaudeville, not the meaning of life. No way in hell should these ass clowns be making the millions of dollars they do for the overrated shiat they produce.

I no longer buy music. I pirate everything. Treat your customers like criminals and they'll behave like criminals.
2002-02-28 12:47:47 PM  

i guess dinosaurs really will die

god bless you fat mike
2002-02-28 12:49:55 PM  
Fb- "What the article doesn't tell you is that of the $4 billion spent on 'digital downloads,' $3.99 billion of that went to pay for lawyers to sue naperster, everyone + dog.
Make that $ 3.99 7/8 million...damn cocksmokers....

2002-02-28 12:50:37 PM  
djarcas: I wasn't serious, that was just for shiats and giggles.
2002-02-28 12:54:28 PM  
JBrown which one ?
I've seen the following...

Harmonia (original)Harmonia. (fake)Harmoniasbot (fake)Harmonia2 (fake)
What should be erased is the fukers that have joined Fark in the past week or 2. I've seen nothing but shiat posts, arguments that lead to nothing, and photoshops that my 2 year old CAT can beat.

2002-02-28 12:55:15 PM  
How about these dorks:
To illustrate the problem, C. Michael Greene,
president of National Academy of Recording Arts
and Sciences, pointed to three
computer-savvy students in the audience who were asked by
the Academy to download as many songs as they could from
the Internet in two days. They managed to download 6,000
songs, he said. The three, sitting in the audience, smiled
modestly for the camera."
2002-02-28 12:57:53 PM  
Anyone else noticing something odd that I have only recently noticed? Bear with me here.
Back in the old days(1910-1930?) people would go to a radio station, and just play a song they made up, just because they loved the song. And people listening at home would listen and enjoy, and they loved the songs too. But some greedy bastards saw this and made record companies. Now music is made by the companies, not the people. Bands are mass-produced, like buttstroke boys and bichney spears, to meet a certian demographic that would make the most money.

Now the internet is in full-swing. Music is free again.
If the record companies die (hopefully), the music will be put back in the hands of who it really belongs, the people.

I see a bright future ahead for file sharing and the like.
Because music will be free, the bands will be talent-oriented, instead of money-oriented.

Music is, was, and always will be free.
Music is a human heritage, not a monopoly.

Long Love the Music.
2002-02-28 12:58:15 PM  
Fumbles... god bless broadband eh ?....
Why don't they blame Broadband companies for creating the 'faster' internet... if they were on dial up, they would have had only 1000 songs.....baabaaaahahahaaaa

2002-02-28 01:01:22 PM  
"Bands are mass-produced, like buttstroke boys and bichney spears, to meet a certian demographic that would make the most money."
Kane827, that reminds me of local DJ's here in Vegas this morning...(lmao)... They said "Only thing it takes now, is to be able to fit in the outfits, and the record companies sign em'"

2002-02-28 01:03:38 PM  
They were right.
2002-02-28 01:04:36 PM  
Harmonia? or Harmonia. (dot)... lmao... me lost.... fuk it....
2002-02-28 01:06:49 PM  
What gets me is watching MTV cribs and seeing the money that some of these artists have(or have at least borrowed) If they lived in half of what they are living in it would be plenty and prices on the CD's could drop.
2002-02-28 01:07:41 PM  
That new Star Sailor album is really good. I like the tracks "Fever" and "Tie Up My Hands".

Nice post. Tell it like it is brother!
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