Why It’s Hard to Charge for Music

Music has value.  The people who create it deserve to be paid for the talents and labours.  So why has it become so hard to charge for music?  Salon takes this look.

Water is incredibly useful. None of us would last more than a day or two without it. By contrast, most of us get along just fine with no diamonds. So water is, in an important sense, much more valuable than diamonds. And yet diamonds are much moreexpensive than water, since there’s a scarcity of diamonds (thanks in no small part to some nefarious cartel activities) whereas water is fairly abundant. Such is the logic of capitalism, for better or for worse.
And that’s the problem with any analysis of revenue options for the music industry that’s based on getting people to subjectively value music:

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

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