How the Recording Missed the Digital Revolution


I want to start by thanking Jeffrey for giving me the opportunity to contribute to Geekazine.

I am an avid consumer of podcasts, both new media (such as the Geekazine ) and old media (such as radio shows). I get to listen to all the stuff I like when I have time to do so.

This morning, I listened to a fascinating interview exploring the recording industry and how it got that way. You can go here and search for January 28, 2008 or listen to the Podcast here (MP3).

Here’s how the program was described on the website:

Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age” tells the story of how through the past three decades, the recording industry’s executives didn’t plan for file-sharing technology – ITunes – and may have compromised Major Label’s future in supporting and distributing music. Our guest, STEVE KNOPPER covers the music industry for .”

Mr. Knopper is a long-time writer for Rolling Stone with a deep knowledge of the music and recording industries. You can read the L. A. Times’s review of his book here.

The interview ranges over the recent history of the recording industry, from the end of Disco, through the rise of the CD, the Napster/Limewire years, the rise of the iPod and the Apple Store, up to the recent decision by the RIAA to cease its strategy of suing anyone whom it suspects of file sharing.

Anyone who wants to understand how the recording industry managed to make consistently bad business decisions in the face of can learn something in this interview.

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