September 28 2005

Greedy, greedy music companies

I love the record companies. If ever there was a cess pool industry where bottom-feeders thrive, it’s at the record companies.

They have been approaching Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, about raising the prices of songs in the iTunes store for the newer releases. They want them higher than $.99, but Steve Jobs has said that’s a bad idea as he feels it will make online piracy grow again.

So fine, Edgar Bronfman, CEO of the Warner Music Group, has a solution to all this…Apple should give the music companies a cut of the sales of all iPods. To quote the article:

Bronfman’s solution? Well, if Apple is “artificially” keeping the price of downloads low to promote sales of iPods (you can debate amongst yourselves whether 99 cents is artificially high or artificially low), then as he sees it, the labels should get to share in those [iPod] revenue streams.

Um…can we just file this under “insane greed”? Maybe the music companies needed to be reminded if it wasn’t for Steve Jobs/the iPod/iTunes, MP3s would have never taken off like they did. Sure, they existed before the iPod, but if it wasn’t for Apple, who knows if the record companies would even have this revenue stream now.
On a totally different subject, but still on music company greed. This past Saturday night, Coldplay was supposed to play in Houston, TX. Due to Hurricane Rita, they naturally cancelled and will be unable to reschedule the show. So, refunds are being issued on all tickets. Everything sounds fine so far, up until you get to the folks who had VIP tickets.

The VIP ticket folks got assured parking, the main reason a certian friend of mine bought them, and you got free gifts of a pair of cheap headphones and a laminate pass. Well, my friend and her family member who was going with her, got their tickets refunded and thought all was good. That was until they got an email from Coldplay’s management asking them to pay $15.00 for the free gifts they received since they had their tickets refunded.

Let’s never mind the fact Coldplay probably spent $2 to $3 on the items at most, but this town just went through a mass evacuation, survived a hurricane, things are not running normally, but you owe us money. This is beyond heartless. It is low, greedy and just insane to be blunt. I really doubt if Coldplay will ever get any money from me, or my friend, ever again. Yes, they were free gifts, yes the tickets were refunded, but the management company could be a little bit bigger hearted considering the circumstances.

I really wanted to buy Natsha Bedingfield’s album “Unwritten” since this is her first release in the USA, and I want to support her. The CD is copy protected and can not be converted to MP3, meaning it can not be imported to iTunes or transferred to my iPod.

Sorry folks, but once I buy an album, if I want to put it on MY iPod, that is my choice, you should have no say in that. So sorry, but you won’t be selling me a copy now.

So, here is my solution, the only CDs I will buy from now on will be used. The RIAA will have no record of the sale, the artist will receive no royalties and the music company does not get a cut of that sale. If I want an MP3, I will use since it is out of Russia and pays no royalties, which is legal there.

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