Music corporations shut down the UK voucher system for Allofmp3 with this to say-
BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said: “British music fans should be aware of voucher schemes like this one that seek to prop up an illegal service that rips off artists.”
John Kennedy, chairman of the global record industry’s IFPI group, said: “The action announced today is the latest to highlight allofmp3.com’s long and undistinguished history of stealing music from artists, composers and record producers and selling it at a profit.”-
You see ripping people off is their job, as Trent Reznor can attest-
As the climate grows more and more desperate for record labels, their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more. A couple of examples that quickly come to mind:
* The ABSURD retail pricing of Year Zero in Australia. Shame on you, UMG. Year Zero is selling for $34.99 Australian dollars ($29.10 US). No wonder people steal music. Avril Lavigne’s record in the same store was $21.99 ($18.21 US).
By the way, when I asked a label rep about this his response was: “It’s because we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out – you know, true fans. It’s the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy.”
So… I guess as a reward for being a “true fan” you get ripped off.
* The dreaded EURO Maxi-single. Nothing but a consumer rip-off that I’ve been talked into my whole career. No more.
The point is, I am trying my best to make sure the music and items NIN puts in the marketplace have value, substance and are worth you considering purchasing. I am not allowing Capital G to be repackaged into several configurations that result in you getting ripped off. We are planning a full-length remix collection of substance that will be announced soon.
Allofmp3 were no great thing, this was a small outfit being stomped on by the big boys the threat they really posed was to the pricing structure, the industry bodies claiming the moral high ground is rank hypocrisy. People want to make music and people want to listen to music and they are happy to support artists they like, sooner or later I hope technology removes the barrier layer of the music industry and this exchange between artist and audience becomes direct thus an album would cost less but the artist receives more. This prospect is the real threat the industry is fighting, they actually have no place in the future other than marketing and there will be no monopoly on that. This is also about the egalitarian impulse which runs counter to profit driven capitalism which always amounts to a tiny few becoming very rich, in this instance the means to become rich are artists making music, but it could as easily be toothpaste, they don’t care. And the artists who cooperate with this system should get ripped off, the joy music gives should not be held hostage by ego maniacs and accountants with coke habits.