Music Industry Scrambles Better Than Roger Staubach Ever Could
Roger Staubach, inarguably, was one of the most celebrated quarterbacks to ever don an NFL uniform. Known for his ability to scramble successfully when under tremendous pressure from smelly mountain-size, heavily bearded men hell-bent on breaking any part of him, Roger came to be
known affectionately as "Roger the Dodger."
But, even Roger, would be envious at the way some of the major labels are now scrambling in an effort to maintain their statuses in the ever-changing music industry. Here's what I mean...
My fellow "Sound Waves" (www.swaves.com) writer, Mark T. Could, provided some very compelling music news in the June issue of his "Music Notes" column last month. In fact, Mark's column had me scratching a bald spot (a new one) in the crown of my head.
Mark's sub-title was "The Season of Our Disc-Content" (and, I thought I was the only one with crafty titles) :-) Just kiddin'... if you have not had an opportunity to review it, let me give you some advice... don't go to the grave without doing so. To do otherwise, is sheer folly.
Upon beginning to review Mark's column, I found myself jumping up and down in my seat at the discovery that I was no longer a lone gun in my perception of the fact that the major labels will stop at nothing to maintain their "Top Dog" status as they struggle more fiercely than a Texas-size rattle snake in a Size 7 shoe box.
And, struggling, they are indeed. For, no matter how much (unjustifiable) money they still might be holding onto, you had better believe that one thing is certain... they never had an inkling of an idea that this particular 'day' would come... a day that consisted of their going to bed at night and having
Stephen King-quality nightmares about their very survival.
But, let me get back to Mark's article...
Mark addressed that, as compact discs continue to plummet, the majors have gradually begun to standardize their formats with discs that cannot be copied.
Yes, it appears that you will soon lose the luxury of burning a copy of your new $18 CD for your car... which also means that your original is going to get a whole lot more 'play', pardon the pun, than you planned... translated - the life span of your CD is going to fade like an Arizona sunset, i.e., scratches, dings and other sounds that tend to go bump in the night.
It is also apparent, via Mark's article, that through making discs unable to be copied, the majors are also cutting some of their own affiliates' throats, i.e., portable MP3 and DVD manufacturers. Hmm...another animal that eats its young.
In my own opinion, the "smart" majors have, somehow, determined (and, sincerely hope) that, in the very near future, your CD will be destroyed by the dog, dropped in the pool, or that little Joey will send it sailing across the way, never to be found again, in the interest that they can then sell you
another brand new spanking copy (just think how richer the auto industry could get with this concept if it was possible).
Without addressing any more if its content, I will let you read (and enjoy) Mark's article in its entirety on your own.
"The Season of Our Disc-Content"