Did Music Downloads Kill the Music Industry?

I know this is a socialist blog, but he could be right. I mean, the Taj Mahal can’t be built with donations.

All of the music back in the good ole days wasn’t that good. A lot was, but some wasn’t, despite the absences of music economic oppression. For instance, what about hair bands? But that’s subjective.

But how can bands possibly make money nowadays? I think it has something to do with utilizing the tools now in a creative way (stuff like Apple Itunes or Spotify). You can’t bring back the dinosaurs, right?

Discussion: https://www.forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/you-the-fan-killed-new-music-gene-simmons.443487/

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Yeah, I’m not saying stealing is right. It’s not. But when technology makes it so incredibly easy to do and evidently almost impossible to police in any effective way to the point where whole industries are just about torn down, it’s high time we figure out how to remedy the situation and in the meantime ease the pain of displaced workers.

Simply saying “stealing is stealing” and pointing fingers at consumers and the industry hasn’t fixed anything so far.

And maybe “torn down” is the wrong way to characterize the current state of the industry. Taylor Swift and Beyonce don’t seem to to have too much to complain about. But it seems a lot of industries have been stratified into the few lucky “haves” and then a mass of “have nots” with not too many people left in the middle.

But now I’m getting all political, and this ain’t really the place for that. 🙂


Gene Simmons has blamed “entitled” young Americans for “murdering” rock music.

The KISS bassist gave an interview to Esquire in which he said rock music has died due to the widespread use of file-sharing software.

“The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered,” he said. “The masses do not recognize file-sharing and downloading as stealing.

“The problem is that nobody will pay you for the 10,000 hours you put in to create what you created. I can only imagine the frustration of all that work and having no one value it enough to pay you for it.

“It’s very sad for new bands. My heart goes out to them. They just don’t have a chance. If you play guitar, it’s almost impossible.

“You’re better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs and just singing in the shower and auditioning for The X Factor.”

Simmons added that “White middle and upper-middle class young people” born in the US are to blame for the increase of file-sharing.

“All the freedoms and opportunities you have here are expected, and you feel entitled,” he said. “My sense is that file-sharing started in predominantly White middle and upper-middle class young people who were native-born who felt they were entitled to have something for free because that’s what they were used to.”

Simmons apologized last month for comments he made about alcoholics and drug addicts in relation to depression.

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4 thoughts on “Did Music Downloads Kill the Music Industry?”

  1. Whenever I hear music – any kind – I immediately see people working.

    I see them practicing. I see them rehearsing. I see them working together to get this piece of music to sound just so. If there are background singers, someone has to decide exactly what they’re going to be singing and how they’re going to sing it. If there are harmonies, the harmonies have to be worked out to perfection.

    I see them performing. I see everything they did to get to the venue and everything it cost them to get to the venue.

    It’s one of the reasons that I can listen to just about any song – even what someone might consider a trifling little radio-friendly pop song – and appreciate it and most of the time enjoy it! It didn’t materialize out of thin air. A bunch of people made that happen. Musicians and some non-musicians made it happen, and it’s impossible for me to forget that.

    1. Yeah, no kidding. It’s very hard. Like with my music project – I had to put in $4,000 for a social media following – and that still – is probably not enough!

  2. Regarding music, I like it less and less as the years go by. Maybe old age, but that doesn’t make much sense in my case.

    Preteens: 1980s- Love Black and White music. Macho,chicky, and gay types of music. Love a variety of White music. (Punk New Wave Metal) Strong White underground scene. The zenith for me.

    Teens: 1990s- Love White music still. But I gave up on Black music at this point. Like macho, but less chicky and gay music.

    2000s music- Like White music still, but less variety. Not into chicky and gay types of music.

    2010s- I only like White chicky music. Not into man music at this point.

    1955-1979(Birth of Rock n Roll through 70s) similar to my 80s taste, and nearly as strong. I like it.

    I went from liking a variety of music to White chicks music. I wonder what I will like the next decade. Gay Arabian music?

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