Has File Sharing Killed Music?Posted: February 10, 2011
Major labels have been trying to convert the public to sympathize with their plights for over a decade. They’ve been spouting the rhetoric of file sharing as evil and immoral over and over again for years. It’s something that frankly, I’ve grown tired of. In an article posted by techdirt.com, an article by recording industry insider Alan McGee is analyzed. In the article McGee claims that file sharing has killed the music industry, and goes on to explain his opinion with little information to back his thesis, and a few contradictions as well. He uses the recent takeover of UK music industry giant EMI by Citigroup as evidence of the fact that the music industry has been killed by file sharing. In the TechDirt post, his claims are thoroughly examined, and picked apart.
The TechDirt rebuttal to McGee’s claims contains significantly more truth and down to earth, realistic observations in our digital age. Both articles are further proof that the prehistoric methods of major label giants, and not file sharing, are to blame for the crumbling of the record labels. While labels are dying, music continues to thrive. Just because major labels are not a necessary step in building a career as a musician anymore, and artists can easily sidestep labels for more profitable, and digital-friendly business models, does not mean the industry is dying. The labels are simply being seeped of the resources they have so voraciously preyed on for decades, and they’re struggling to keep up with an industry caught up in a stage of transition and a constant state of evolution.