Originally Posted by David Susilo
And where did you get that I dislike Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber? I own all Lady Gaga's albums. And as far as Justin Bieber? I only own his My World Acoustic. Why? Because the recording quality is good and he didn't use as much Autotune as he used to use in his My World 2.0 album.
It's just the constant 'music sucks and that's why sales is down' thing, and the most commonly quoted reasons are Lady Gaga and Bieber. But the fact that this music is being massively stolen proves it's not because people think it sucks. It just absolutely does, and the constant argument that music sucks is just wasting time because it's wrong and people should drop it.
In the case of Michael Buble, his latest album recording quality is absolutely atrocious, and to cut a couple of hours of session time (approx $10,000 in studio time at the high-end of studio time) he chooses to use Autotune.
Almost everyone does these days. I think it sucks, but the situation has gotten to the point where a real human performance isn't considered acceptable anymore for pop music anyway. It's just the nature of the beast right now. I hope it will change at some point.
Are there thieves out there? Of course! But claiming the slowing down of sales due to abundant theft is insane! I own more than 2,000 CDs and the older the albums, usually there are more songs that I like within each album compared to the newer ones.
It's anything BUT insane. It's completely common sense. I've pointed it out time and again in this thread, but it just gets ignored. Sales was going up continuously until 1999, the year after the Napster case. It's been going down ever since, and downloading has been going up. You don't need much more proof than that, but you can of course go to any place on the internet and see the completely ingrained opinion towards theft of music, movies and software. It's completely the norm now among most younger people.
If you don't think that's massively hurting sales, I have to question your grip on reality. Do you really think that music just happened to stop selling by half over the last ten years as file sharing has grown to enormous proportions? If it wasn't music that was a driving aspect of that file sharing, you might have some solid ground to stand on, but it is.
The fact that you have 2000 CDs is meaningless. I have a lot of CDs as well, but that's not the norm. The norm is a kid with an iPod or iPad or whatever that's full of music that wasn't paid for, often none of it unless their parents bought them some as a gift. Do you really think that these kids (who have been the major purchasers of music for decades) would just stop consuming music if they had to pay for it again? They clearly would not. They would start buying it again. No, not all of it that's currently stolen would be purchased, but it doesn't have to remotely reach that point for the music industry to get healthy again.
What I wish to have today is the ressurection of CD singles. I'd rather pay $10 for 2 CD singles of the songs I like rather than $12 for an album of 10 songs which only 2 songs I like. Why? Because too many of them aren't even worth to be listened to.
Then you listen to crap bands I guess. Spend you money on bands that have CDs full of great music and ignore the rest. Vote with your dollars. But the CD is dead, not because I think it's a good thing but because kids have voted against it en masse. It's not going to survive as a mainstream medium for much longer probably. CD singles would even be less likely I imagine. Any hard format is probably doomed. I think it's unfortunate, but it's the way things are going. It's either going to be stolen online or purchased online. It's not going to go away tomorrow obviously, but the clouds are visible on the horizon.
And unfortunately, that vote won't really make much difference either on the recording quality front unless you convince kids that music quality matters, which the bulk of them don't really care about. Until that happens, it makes not much sense to spend a lot of money creating high quality music if almost no one listens to it on anything but ear buds and computer speakers. And it's not because the people involved don't care or want to make nice quality music. But if almost no one cares, it's hard to justify. Some will still do if they have some reasonable chance of making it back, or if their audience is more tilted towards the more mature crowd probably.
And, as I said above, the same people stealing the music will say they stole it because it's low quality crap and that they stole it because the record companies are charging too much. It doesn't matter what happens, they'll still steal it, unless the government steps in and makes it reasonably dangerous to do so. They have been taking some steps, but not a huge amount. And that theft is going to continue to push the industry away from what you would prefer, better quality music and the survival of a high quality digital format.