Big Issues the Recording Industry Isn’t Talking About

There’s a lot going on within the music biz these days with plenty of discussions revolving around things like the continuing problems of piracy, the drop in CD sales and how to best use the power of streaming music services. But there are also plenty of tough conversations that aren’t being held yet.

Like what?  Hypebot brought some people together to discuss this.  Items include:

–How music is losing mindshare to other forms of entertainment

–The continuing need to compete with “free.”

–Copyright revision for the 21st century.

–Shifts in listener behaviours when it comes to music.

–The ongoing problems with music discovery and curation.

It’s a great read.  Go here.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Big Issues the Recording Industry Isn’t Talking About

  • May 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    This state of flux is not going away anytime soon. Labels with their heads in the sand, hoping it will all work out are doomed. The hard work around creative monetization, copyright and on will take years to get addressed. In the meantime, listeners will stop buying cds, stop listening to traditional radio as the ease of access continues.

    I totally agree that the need to stop offering and recommending single genres is critical. As someone who has been trying out Slacker recently I am annoyed that I can ONLY listen to indie or alternative or whatever. Why can't I combine genres? Why can't get a large list of criteria to select to go out and find me a range of music. Maybe I want UK indie, Canadian alternative and US modern jazz. I have yet to see anyone provide that kind of flexibity.

    From a money perspective, a paid stream versus a commercialized free offering makes a lot of sense to me. Maybe I don't have $10/month to spend. But I will accept commercials in order to access the content.


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