I’ve recently come across a pair of rather excellent articles on the state of the music industry today. Some people may agree with these in their entirety; some may agree with some points but not with others; while some may argue vehemently against these. However, they’ll all get you thinking….
Rob at Demonbaby.com has written When Pigs Fly: The Death of Oink, the Birth of Dissent, and a Brief History of Record Industry Suicide, which is a strong argument for file-sharing and free access to music. I heavily recommend a read.
David Byrne, a personal favorite, discusses six strategies for emerging (and current) artists to survive, outlining how the Internet has changed the music distribution model, and explaining different strategies for ownership & distribution of said music. In addition, he comes up with some interesting (and downright terrifying) numbers for how much artists make off their music sales….