I Got Music Repository

About David Morris.

That is to say, Mr. Morris, that you are wrong. Take me for example: I buy CDs, I buy from iTunes, and I have my monthly downloading fest from eMusic. Anything on my Shuffle, my Nano, or my SLVR that wasn’t purchased is about 90% likely to be a live track from a bootleg--and, no, I’m not feeling so guilty about that.

I pay for music and the people that I know pay for music. Stop insulting the people who pay your bloated salary, Mr. Morris, and stop blaming recent industry setbacks on consumers instead of bad product management on your part. The music industry is still changing to fit the varied needs of people who are buying fewer and fewer CDs because they can fill their musical needs through online services. There are still people like me who believe that CDs sound better than the downloads and people who believe that records sound warmer and more pure than CDs, but the movement is toward digital distribution that is always on, ultimately should have a wider selection than any store imaginable, is cost effective, and doesn’t always require the purchase of an entire CD for the one song the listener actually wants to hear.

It’s no wonder that convenience is winning the war, but a smart media companies can make greater profits serving the widest possible market from large catalogs and low overhead in digital distribution. When the market changes and old companies fail to keep up with those changes, it is hardly the consumers’ fault when revenue drops.

I find it shocking that Microsoft will be paying about $1 per Zune sold to Universal Music Group--a company that stands to profit from another venue for legal purchases through Zune’s own music site. What, precisely, did UMG contribute to the little electronic device?

Anyway, thanks to Jerry for pointing me to the original post about David Morris’ poorly chosen words.