[LINK] CD sales plummet in first quarter

Brendan Scott brendansweb at optusnet.com.au
Fri Mar 23 09:47:49 AEDT 2007

> CD sales plummet in first quarter 
> http://www.smh.com.au/news/digital-music/cd-sales-in-free-fall/2007/03/22/1174153237037.html
> US sales of music compact discs plummeted 20 percent in the first 
> three months of the year as downloading of songs continued to knock 
> the underpinnings from record studio revenues.

It doesn't seem to indicate to what extent this is counterbalanced by increased download sales/lower manufacturing/distribution costs for internet sales. 

> Protecting music from piracy is an unavoidable burden of online song distribution.

Actually, it's not unavoidable if they shift their payment structures to be more front weighted.  It's only unavoidable if they want to keep their old business models. 

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