#1
So just read that Thom York article on the front page. He reckons the music industry will fall apart within months. I'm not sure though. I think, as it's quite obvious, there have been very few really big and lasting bands in the last 15 years or so. If the music industry does break down, I think this might not be a bad thing. It could reinvent music completely. If bands do resort to what Radiohead have been doing with the "pay what you like" scheme, I think it'll make bands more determined to get well known. It will make it incredible hard but it'll get rid of the one hit wonders. Bands will actually have to really work to get anywhere. When a band does break through, it's going to be because they are genuinely talented I think. New music will emerge and I think it'll go back to how it was, then the process might repeat and so on. Kinda playing devil's advocate here so I'm just making a few points may spark a debate. So what do you guys think? How much do you think illegal downloading affects the music business? Is that the only thing that's making it difficult to break into the mainstream?
#2
Have you ever used the website in the article? Decent to see there's already a fair few bands that have started using the 'In Rainbows' distribution method. It'll be interesting to see if what Yorke is saying will eventuate, and I'm not sure if the positives:negatives ratio will be as healthy as what you were probably suggesting in OP.
#3
It sucks big time for people majoring in the music industry for college, and for myself because I was going to open up a Vinyl / cd / coffee shop / venue (on weekends)
#4
I think he's just thinking wishfully, the music industry can't sustain itself in it's curent form for ever, at least not the big labels because too much has been done to usurp their monopoly, but people have been suggesting it's just about to collapse for about 10 (or more) years now and I don't see any new evidence to suggest we'll see it in the next few months.
#5
I think its time for a musical revolution

From a musicians stand point, gone are the days of playing one style on one instrument. Versatility is going to be the new virtuosity

As for the way records are cut/produced, I think that will never change, but you will see large labels start to disappear in favor of smaller labels
#6
Oh no! All our bands are going to stop playing!

It's an industry that people still make billions of dollars a year from. It wont die.
...In my opinion.
#7
You have a point, I read something Kelly Jones (stereophonics) who was making a similar point. Their first single came in at 52 in the charts, if they were around today they wouldn't have been able to grow because the music industry are obsessed with the quick buck and the Phonics would have been dropped.
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#8
As long as there still customers who are going to buy the music, go to shows, buy merchandise etc
Then it isn't going any where
#9
Meh.

The music business, in terms of labels, will still be here.
All that will happen is that some smaller labels with come up with an improved method/model of selling physical and digital music that will end up being preferred by the industry, and will get more people buying music, and setting a new standard. Maybe a future with lots of small popular labels as well.

But, it will always be here.
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#10
The music industry, back in the good ol' days with the likes of Queen, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses were looking for something unique and new that would make a lot of money. Looking for genuine talent and that's what people wanted then. Nowadays, record labels want an artist who are just gunna make a lot of money really quickly, whether they're talented or not. I am quite keen to see whether or not the industry does fail and what comes after it. I think it'll be like natural selection. If you have genuine talent and you're good and determined, you'll do well. If not, then you won't get anywhere. It'll go back to talented bands playing actual instruments instead of computers and auto-tuned voices.
#11
the thing is, though, that a whole lot of people (dare I say, the majority of people) enjoy mainstream music. They buy into it. They feed the industry. Sure, these industry created artists won't be remembered in like 10-15 years but the point is, that strategy of selling artists that make money quickly is clearly working. Its mostly the musicians who oppose it, really. And I'm quite sure we're outnumbered.
#12
the music industry is falling apart?

Justin Bieber, a talentless sack just sold like billions of records. It's not going down anytime soon.
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#13
Wait, wasnt there a sauce that teens were more likely to buy a cd from itunes then illegally download it?
#14
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the music industry is falling apart?

Justin Bieber, a talentless sack just sold like billions of records. It's not going down anytime soon.


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#15
Who cares?

There's loads of good bands out there, and there always will be

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#16
I very much doubt the music industry's going to "fall apart" or "collapse". As long as people have money, there'll always be people buying music. Piracy can hurt the music industry and its employees, but it can't destroy it.

Record companies will probably have to change the ways in wich they do businness, but there won't be any 'apocylyptic' end to all this.
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#17
Music has drifted away from guitar-centred bands because people enjoy change. Nearly everything in rock has already been done. It's an outdated style of music, and people are now looking for a refreshing change. Nobody wants to listen to music their parents would approve of.

EDIT: Holy off topic, Batman!

I think it would be great if the big 4 record companies went bankrupt or something, which would hopefully bring back the age of independent, specialist labels like Motown etc. Because a lot of music is quite stagnant at the moment.
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The music industry, back in the good ol' days with the likes of Queen, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses were looking for something unique and new that would make a lot of money. Looking for genuine talent and that's what people wanted then. Nowadays, record labels want an artist who are just gunna make a lot of money really quickly, whether they're talented or not.


That's a truth if there ever was one. It's a shame.
#19
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the music industry is falling apart?

Justin Bieber, a talentless sack just sold like billions of records. It's not going down anytime soon.

Although I don't like Justins music, he's got potential. Blame the music industry for making him famous so the fans will buy his CDs because of his looks.

He didn't choose to go from a normal kid singing normal music into dancepop-superstar.
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The music industry, back in the good ol' days with the likes of Queen, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses were looking for something unique and new that would make a lot of money. Looking for genuine talent and that's what people wanted then. Nowadays, record labels want an artist who are just gunna make a lot of money really quickly, whether they're talented or not. I am quite keen to see whether or not the industry does fail and what comes after it. I think it'll be like natural selection. If you have genuine talent and you're good and determined, you'll do well. If not, then you won't get anywhere. It'll go back to talented bands playing actual instruments instead of computers and auto-tuned voices.

You're just talking about rock bands. Do you realize how many untalented pop groups there were in the 80's?