West Ham wrote:
So because records execs are rich the people they employ are also rich? Here I thought the people who worked at Walmart were all living paycheck to paycheck but apparently they are all rich. Quantity does not mean quality. Music sales have been cut by more than half in the past 10 years.
How many of the new artists on the radio are you going to hear about 1 year down the road? Itunes has brought us the 1 track record. There is no incentive to write complete albums because no one is going to buy them.
Not sure why you are trying to argue against the facts
How are retail employees in the "music industry"? Record executives don't employ them.
My point is that music is alive and well. There is absolutely no shortage of music out there, and musicians never really made money "in the industry" - the labels who exploited them did. If those labels die, great. I listen to some pop acts, a lot of rock acts from the last 30 years, and new and old singer/songwriters. Between friend recommendations and internet radio, I'm not having any issue finding new music. And thanks to the internet, I can pay many artists directly for their music, cutting out the middle man and actually doing MORE for the musicians I like.
And what's the problem with the 1-track purchase? I love not being forced (most of the time) to buy a whole album when I know about 1 song I like. In the past, unless I knew I liked the whole album, I'd just not buy it at all. Even with that, most musicians, on labels and truly independent, still record/release albums.