Clearly, the music industry is changing. Digital sales are up, total sales are down, and the major labels are becoming more dickish all the time. Every time I turn around someone is getting forced to pay $675,000 for downloading 30 tracks illegally. Maybe I should not turn around so much.
It's frustrating when, as record labels have fallen on hard times, their only concern is still about their bottom line ... The concept of suing fans for stealing music. You know, they're stealing it not to make money from it. They're stealing it because they love it and they want it.
Give it away digitally, because it is free anyway ... Don't fight it. Embrace it. And you want people to have your music, you know. I do.
Lastly, and scariest for publishers I guess, is that inevitably someone will hack the Kindle (or other formats) — and the books will become shareable… and copiable and infinitely reproducible, just like MP3s. People laughed at the record companies, with their reputations as money squanderers and for their waste and extravagance — but music hasn’t suffered, and writing and magazines might not either, especially if both writers and publishers can learn from the record companies and not pretend that publishing is any different.