The music industry: If you aren't completely outraged, you aren't paying attention

I've been thinking a lot about the early 21st century music industry lately. About how an entire industry can fight so hard to resist innovation when historically the very things they fight make them richer than they could imagine. About how an industry that relies so heavily on people using their product to create their own identities can turn around and sue those same customers. About how they can think of suing their customers as an innovative growth market. And especially about how no one in a position to correct these problems seems to care enough to do so. I may have some rather lengthy blog posts about this in the near future, but for now you really should listen to or read this three part report from American Public Media's Marketplace:

  • No pause in music industry's tough play

    "The recording industry has gotten serious about illegal file sharing. In the last four years it has filed thousands of lawsuits. But, as Bob Moon reports in a special series, even those targeted by mistake, like Tanya Andersen, get no reprieve."

  • Free? Illegal? ... What's the difference?

    "Free doesn't always mean legal when you're downloading music. And critics say the recording industry's muddying the waters its spent years in court trying to clear up. Bob Moon reports."

  • Music biz's future rests on key changes

    When it comes to file sharing and illegal downloads, it's the big music labels that complain the loudest about being ripped off. Bob Moon reports on some ideas that might help the recording industry face the musical future.

As a bonus feature, you should also read this fascinating article from the New York Times about Rick Rubin, the legendary producer/label exec who is trying to do something different at Columbia Records.

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