Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trent Reznor and Saul Williams Discuss Their New Collaboration, Mourn OiNK

The two talk about Oink, the record industry, Radiohead, and more. Very interesting read.Talk about hitting the nail on the head. Sure, there are a ton of teenage punks out there that feel entitled to downloading free music. But in all honesty, they are probably downloading crap like Britney Spears, or some other overly marketed piece of tripe. I see a new trend developing in which the consumer is able to play a physical part in the new distribution model of the goods they desire. It needs to be a fair system, but to be sure, it needs to be one balanced by a proper price point. Why have CD sales dropped through the floor? The answer is really simple, people are tired of paying $15, $16, and sometimes $19 for one, maybe two good songs on a CD. Then once you fork over your hard earned cash, you get handcuffed on how you will use the music that was just purchased. There are two solutions to this, either bring the production value of the CD up to meet the price (better quality songs, less filler songs) or allow the market to reset the price. The industry has dug themselves into a deep deep hole, and instead of trying to adapt to the new emerging market, they insist on digging deeper, insuring their eventual collapse. I do still buy CDs, on a very rare occasion, but most of my purchases are downloads these days. The CDs that I have bought have been done to support Artists that are trying to break out of the mold. The past two CDs that I purchased have been the last two NiN releases, and its articles like this that show exactly why I will continue to support Trent and his future endeavors.

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