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January 18, 2007


Jeremy Silver

Thanks for the link Alan, yes the music industry is now at a very significant cross-roads in its development. It is faced with the reality of withering on the vine (industries rarely vanish overnight) or of transforming itself. The problem appears to be that, despite the optimistic comments you quote from the digital folk at Warner and EMI and Universal, none of the major labels knows how to restructure itself around a new business model. They have lost all the defining characteristics of what previously made them majors - ie control of access to customers for artists, control of distribution, control of marketing. The fact is that people can choose these days whether or not to pay for music - and through P2P mostly they don't pay. So the model is broken big time and desparately need to change. A few of us industry veterans (blimey I think that's what we're now called) have a few pretty good ideas about what the new model looks like. But it will scare them half to death - it's just a question of whether they have the courage to grasp the opportunity or whether they prefer to try to feather their individual executive beds as the industry gradually dies around them.

Alan moore

Dear Jeremy,

Thanks for posting, Yes I agree the majors are at a significant cross-roads.

Basically I think, people can create different, deals, global distribution, different contracts from day one.

Will they do enough to survive?

Hmmmm hard to say.

I tried so hard to talk to so many record companies, and gave up. It was frankly quite depressing.

And after all that EMI pins its hopes on the sales of Norah Jones new musical offering.

In many ways you see a myopia, and almost negligence, in these companies not being prepared to investigate or countenance a different business model. Where you give up control to gain control. As Darwin says adapt or die. As we say, engage or die.

Ps. where are based?

And thanks for posting - Alan :-)

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