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Each day I’m more and more baffled by how stupid big label executives are. I’m really starting to believe they want to go out of business. In a recent news article on Billboard.com there was a blurb about how Microsoft has agreed to share revenue from […]

Each day I’m more and more baffled by how stupid big label executives are. I’m really starting to believe they want to go out of business.

In a recent news article on Billboard.com there was a blurb about how Microsoft has agreed to share revenue from the sales of it’s Zune player with record labels and artists. The main company really pushing this was Universal Music Group, which at this point is the only label that is listed to receive revenue shares from Zune sales. UMG refused to license any of it’s music to be played on Zune unless unless it could receive a percentage of each device sold, in addition to standard music licensing fees for downloads and subscriptions.

UMG’s reasoning behind this?

“These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it,” UMG chairman/CEO Doug Morris says. “So it’s time to get paid for it.”

What? Did you really just say that? How ignorant can a person be? This guy is so blinded by his own greed that he’s convinced himself there’s not an honest person left on earth. I’m literally insulted. My current iTunes library has 3,317 completely legal songs in it. I don’t steal. And for him to imply that all music listeners are thieves really is the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard.

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  1. Boo on him.

  2. The major music labels still don’t get it | acidlabs Monday, November 13, 2006

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  3. Absolutely absurd. I just can’t believe that any one person could be so deluded as Doug Morris. He really believes that every single person out there is trying to steal from him and that they need to be stopped at any cost. Unbelievable.

  4. I’m with you. I haven’t downloaded anything illegally in the last 5 years (and I’m so much broker for it!).

  5. I wonder if they have their terms mixed up. They are the thiefs in my eyes, charging so much was poor storied movies and taking millions in for little entertainment barely fit for the mass.

    So we are thiefs? Who cares what you or MS thinks. Judging from the millions of people who are turning away from movies and Microsoft, I can understand your desperate measures but can’t justify your haughtiness.

    Then again, this would explain that deal, especially with Microsoft who is desperatly fighting looming irrelevancy.

    What shoddy business models…

  6. I don’t know about anyone else. But I’m certainly going to be a LOT less inclined to purchase any music released by Universal, or any of their shell labels. Not that I’ll be more inclinced to pirate, mind you. Any artist who chooses to ally themselves with such narrow-mindedness doesn’t deserve to have me as a consumer, let alone a fan.

  7. He’s absolutely right. I am a thief and I’m sorry I was born with my eardrums working perfectly. I wish I couldn’t listen to music so I didn’t feel so dirty appreciating the effort artists put into creating something touching.

    Oh wait, the iPod does more than music. So if I put pictures of my family on there, does that make them thieves too?

  8. Volkher Hofmann Monday, November 13, 2006

    That kind of quote shouldn’t really surprise anyone. The major labels are absolutely clueless as to how to deal with their current audience. They missed the boat years ago and have desperately tried to catch up, but are unable to. Wrong business models, attacks on their own customers, corporate greed, really, really bad management. You name it, and if it’s negative, they’ve got it.

    Although I don’t like to see it happen, major labels are on the way out. Dinosaurs that just haven’t noticed yet that a meteor has already destroyed their environment and taken away the air to breathe.

    If it wasn’t such a sad show, it might almost be funny.

  9. It seems, the content industry is the only one, that actually wants to get rid of it’s customers criminal users.

    This guy is not clueless; no, he’s offensive to and insulting people who bought portable devices and music.

    On the other hand, with all his dumbness, he makes it easier for us consumers criminals, to decide what music to buy: Before the music industry completely snapped out, it was important, if the music was actually good. Nowadays, it’s also an important factor, what label music is released from. So it’s quite easy to stay away from the ones infected with completely insane management.

    I wish someone would sue that guy for that crap…

  10. imho a pretty risky and overall stupid statement – if you take into account that the ipod has a market share of approx. 70%…

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