Rock Biz

Does the Internet Really Matter to the Music Biz?

With all the excitement happening over iTunes, Napster 2.0 and all the rest of these legal download services have we stopped to wonder if this is all really good for the record business? Well according to Same Old Song: The Net hasn’t changed music—except maybe for the worse the answer might surprise you. As I have maintained before, downloading is here to stay but as in the resurgence of vinyle people might, after first blush, want to actually buy a physical thing that they can touch, and pop into their CD player and read the liner notes and lyrics. These people in the future might be considered horribly retro, or out and out luddites but they will be listening to their music while we struggle with corrupted hard drive files and hopelessly virus infected infected e-mail attachments. Who will be bopping to their hard bought tunes then?