I’ve come across several articles this week, that have zero’ed in on the downward spiral of the record industry. Le Sigh. All I can say (and many of ya’ll know this) is that, I’m happy and thrilled that I was able to be a part of it during its last legs of “fun lovin’ fun” days…

Check these links!

20 Biggest Record Company Screw-Ups of All TimeBlender Magazine

(shout out to Deangela for finding the online version!)

Sorry for the spoiler but I have to in order to include my blurb to immediately follow:

But the #1 Biggest Record Company Screw-Up of All Time = Major Label Squash Napster
Shawn Fanning’s file-sharing service attracted tens of millions of users, but instead of trying to find a way to capitalize on it, the Recording Industry Association of America rejected Napster’s billion-dollar settlement offer and sued it out of existence in 2001. Napster’s users didn’t just disappear. They scattered to hundreds of alternative systems—and new technology has stayed three steps ahead of the music business ever since. The labels’ campaign to stop their music from being acquired for free across the Internet has been like trying to cork a hurricane—upward of a billion files are swapped every month on peer-to-peer networks. Since Napster closed, “there’s been no decline in the rate of online piracy,” says Eric Garland of media analysts BigChampagne, who logged users of son-of-Napster peer-to-peer networks more than doubling between 2002 and 2007. And that figure doubles again if you count BitTorrent.
Unintended Consequence: Your grandmother deciding to trade up from that dial-up connection

With that in mind, in my weekend digging thru memorabilia, I found a copy of Washington Square News (02.29.00) from my alma mater, NYU. img_3182.jpgHeadline: University Bans Internet Music Trading Program. Here are some noteworthy quotes:

  • “NYU ITS (Information Technology Services) made a decision without even talking to any students. I don’t think that’s an appropriate way to respond… There should have been some communication between the University and students, at least warning students that Napster is a problem.” – B. Sloan, student in Stern School of Business (class 2002)
  • “There is no way to tell what malicious functions may be performed by the software you automatically download with the music. Napster violates University usage policies regarding for NYU networks in that the program opens a host computer to outside access.” – M. McMillan, Chief Information Technology Officer, NYU
  • “I understand the reasons for restricting Napster, but the University can not hope to restrict every oen of a growing tide of network-intensive programs like it. NYU should instead embrace the new technologies while concentrating on taking steps to increase the University network’s bandwidth. This is a big performance school, this is a big arts school. Students’ appetite for media is important to their study here.” – B. Sloan, student in Stern School of Business (class 2002)
  • “Napster had not contacted NYU. They could’ve taken the approach of working with the University at the beginning. We would certainly be willing to talk to them.” – M. McMillan, Chief Information Technology Officer, NYU

………………Mmmmmmmmmm Hmmmmmmmmmm!! Where’s B. Sloan now, I wonder?!???

The Music Business: State of The Union Address / Top 10’sThe World Is Ready

(shout out to Marcus for the words!)

and while we are at it……

The 50 Worst Things Ever Happen in MusicBlender Magazine

But this isn’t necessarily ALL bad…. Independent artists, this is your time to reap in your own rewards for your hard work!

The current Days of Digital = an Open medium of Opportunity. Play wisely!

. . don’t burn the day. .