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Buy Indie Artist CD's, if you want a better music industry

by Filmmaker / October 19, 2006 11:05 PM PDT

It's disappointing to see 20% of people don't pay for music any more, because it's perpetuating an attitude that will destroy our access to GOOD, new, music beyond corporate control.

The irony of music technology is that there are now millions of musicians who can now affordably create CD's equal or better than the corporate labels. The problem is, no one is buying.

A major label can work around that paradigm. They simply limit the artist pool and concentrate on other ways to get your money (higher concert ticket prices and other gimmicks). They are working on ways to give away the music for free and get your money in other ways.

The indie artist doesn't have that luxury. The $2500 they shelled out for CD production is probably a sizable chunk of their income/savings. So if fans take the same approach and don't support the indie musician, they're going to give up in frustration, it's just too expensive (again).

This is great news for the labels, who see indies as a threat to their stranglehold monopoly on what they want us to listen to. It's ironic that the very same music fans who complain about that stranglehold are actually assisting it in the destruction of a real threat and probable competitor that could really change the music scene around.

If more people actually pursued and PAID FOR indie musician CD"s, it would change the music scene overnight. Goodbye corporate control, hello greater variety, and "power to the people!"

But petty greed will give the corporations what they want. And you won't have anyone to blame for the pitiful state of music except yourselves.

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