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, "Simon Ward" <sedward@...> wrote:
> I'm in the UK,..
<snip> The best blogs, those that specialise in certain genres and are
ripping out of print vinyl, are getting huge hit rates and that tells
you that the end customer wants something different from the music
> Like it or not, you people are part of that business and it's out of
As some of you folks in the UK would say, "whoaraloadarubbish!"...The
blogs are popular for 2 reasons (well 3, maybe.)
#1 - They offer FREE MUSIC. When giving most people a choice of paying
for something or getting it free, they'll opt for getting it free. It
leaves more money to be spent on other things, and comes down to naked
financial self-interest. Attempts to dress it in more respectable
clothes just create an atmosphere of entitlement, selfishness and
cheapness that many of us find pathetic.
#2 - The blogs offer a way for obscure music fans without deep pockets
or the will to spend time crate digging to enjoy music that they would
otherwise have to open their wallets for, either in big ticket ebay
purchases, or in large quantity reissue purchases. That or much time
spent crate digging to find those rare nuggets on the cheap (usually.)
In other words, they allow the broke & the lazy an opportunity to hear
the same music as the serious collector, without any of the cost or work.
And I'll add a #3 - They allow the serious collector the opportunity
to preview an obscure LP and decide if they really want to lay out the
cash for an original or reissue. I don't have a problem with that. I
find it alot more respectable than reasons 1 & 2.
But for you to suggest that this is a reflection of some new business
model, that times are changing and the "new" collector (downloader)
frequents the blogs because they prefer the mp3 medium is disingenuous
at best. I don't believe that you really believe that. Number one, the
vast majority of young music fans (the ipod generation) don't give a
rat's ass about this kind of music. Number two, they don't value music
in monetary terms, not because it has no value in their lives, but
because they don't HAVE to. They choose to get it for free because
they CAN get it for free. Anyone can convert a CD into mp3 files, and
many can convert vinyl to mp3 if they so choose. It's not about the
medium, it's about the cost. It's about people who won't spend money
wanting to live like those who do, and it's about selfishness. Any
other spin is bullshit.