John Lennon would have been 70 years old this week. It got me thinking about one of his most famous lyrics, a line from

John Lennon would have been 70 years old this week. It got me thinking about one of his most famous lyrics, a line from

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This article originally appeared in The Music Void.

  1. Jerry Mandering Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    Doug Morris, Lucian Grainge, Barry Weiss, Roger Faxon, Jimmy Iovine, Sylvia Rhone, Monte Lipman, Lyor Cohen, Craig Kallman, Julie Greenwald, whooever runs Sony now a days, and ALL of the major publishers… Please read this article.

  2. mclellanchris Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    Awesome article Wayne, as ever!

  3. Universal Indie Records Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    Wow.. I’m definitely passing this on.. not that it will matter. They won’t care until it’s all over…

  4. Let’s be honest here – the real culprit is the music artist themselves. They are the ones who want “credibility” by being signed to these major labels instead of distributing their own music. Most of these music artists actually record their own music in their own studios and just give these labels a digital copy to distribute – WTF are these music artists still signing deals with music labels for?

    It is the music artists that still got that outdated dream 50s-80s dream of getting a “record contract” that are the real problem in this whole picture. The day the music artist becomes independent and cut out these obstructing music labels is when the music industry can bounce back.

  5. Wayne Ross is just a sore loser. Next time get a license. Cheaters and thieves never prosper.

    The music industry is going to fight back against all the hardware manufacturers, software companies, computer companies, telecommunications, who have been feeding on the carcass of the music, film, newspaper, and other traditional media industries for the past 10 years.

    It is going to change and simpletons like Mr. Ross and the rest of the geek squad could have been a force for good but instead they decided it was their god given right to use everyone’s copyrighted material for free. Well guess what?? You’re all going to pay now, and it’s not going to be the major music companies or film companies or the riaa or mpaa that are going to stand up and fight for all artists rights.

  6. Wayne Rosso asserts that labels have killed the music industry and that “no new players of significance will enter the business”

  7. Articles like this that offer no solutions make me sick. What’s the solution, genius?

    If you ask me, I would suggest that the evolution of technology has killed the music industry as well as the ability to monetize recorded assets. The Labels missteps in past years are not really the overarching issues. Broadband infrastructure, indexed data and low complexity to download are what have killed the industry.

  8. good article.
    I’d say it would be a good start for the industry to start reversing their fortunes by making access to the files easier (an industry Standard API perhaps) and also by introducing one single reporting format. it’s gotta be one hell of a pain for every start up to deliver different reporting formats to each label / content aggregator

  9. Standard API and simple licensing processes would have gone a long way to solve their problem earlier. Wayne is right. No VC in his or her right mind will touch music with a bargepole.

    Anyone could sell records. Almost no one was allowed to sell files. They did this to themselves. file sharing has nothing to do with it at all. Apart from the obvious lack of consumer understanding, the labels have been spitting out boring artists and endless compilation discs for ages. No excitement no message nothing to go crazy about.

  10. From my personal perspective, how I use digital music, Spotify has been the game changer. I have every record/track I can think of in my playlists and can access my streamed music all over the house and via any computer anywhere. If I want to pay a subscription I can save my Spotify playlist on my iPhone (so in my hotel room and car). Before Spotify I had never purchased (or stole) an MP3 on-line, why would I? I always purchased a CD which I could rip, lend, leave in the car and sell on eBay.

    (As it is I have my phone full of free podcasts and never want for excellent music or talk ‘programs’ when on the move – indeed I don’t think I will ever catch-up with what I have yet to listen to).

    The problem is not artists, big corporate music companies or the few big cogs in the current digital music distribution market. It is the consumer. The consumer has become stupefied and soporific; how can I say this kindly? I can’t. They are stupid and lazy. They are programmed to march to the comforting and predictable drum-beat of the big branded spoon-feeding money-relieving machines.

    The opportunity is to offer an environment where people, consumers, realise it is OK to search, filter, discover and enjoy the enormous wealth of music that is ‘out there’. Independently created, historic, global and varied. Right now they are so stuffed with the idea that it is only today’s music, today’s big name, that is valid. That is the paradigm that was sold by the record companies and is now almost hard-wired into the public’s psychology. The fact is though; it actually does not need to be crafted-fashion ‘branded’ celebrity to be good, with-it, edgy, sexy or profitable. The task is to sell, or un-sell, that to the market.

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