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Yannick, the GeneralEclectic

in reply to #1)
Yes, free was always there. It's just that now, everything could be free. So it's important to showcase to potential customers the benefits that they get when they don't just go for the free "release" (a/k/a bootleg) but buy the "real thing" instead.
I think an increase in sound quality (resolution as opposed to compression) and song quality itself (be it lyric writing or melody writing or characteristical production techniques) could make a difference for customers. I mean, why does iTunes still get the exclusive bonus tracks when download sales are booming and CD sales are on the decline? Shouldn't the focus be on stabilizing the core market, which from whatever perspective you view this, CDs still are at the time? So by now, the CDs should get the bonus material.
The majors cannot make it believable to customers that they offer more quality than what can be found for free, as long as they engage in a public hunting season on potential customers (a/k/a the lawsuits against file sharers).
By the way, why are most artists on the majors only putting out albums with a 4 year gap or even more between them? How do they think they can stay in the public eye over that long break? If the majors were releasing more and better product, they most certainly would move more units.

in reply to #2) Yes, there is money being made in music these days, it's just the majors that are underperforming. But because of their high percentage of market share, the music business doesn't exactly seem like a boom town to the stock exchanges of the world.


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