Think 2013 will spell the end of good old analog and human interaction? Eh, not so fast.
Nick Olson's insight:
This article details the sale of "physical" media actually rising since 2007, specifically in reference to LP's. It also argues that this is due to physical media forming an "emotional connection that digital media can't match."
This past week, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at New Music Seminar entitled “Breakthrough Trends Of The Music Industry”. The panel was comprised of some of the brightest minds in the music business.
Nick Olson's insight:
Though this article focuses on numerous trends and themes in the audio industry, the one that I personally am focused on is the chart detailing the difference in sales from "physical" and "digital media. I find this to be an interesting topic in the fact that I personally am somewhat of a "collector" of physical media (CD's etc.) and that seems to be almost a dying breed at this point in our current culture where everything is digital.
A Montreal producer explains the appeal of analog recording that dates back decades in an age of digital recording. (Thanks to Jace Lasek of @BesnardLakes, @Datsik and @GIMilner. A piece I wrote for @TorontoStar on digital recording.
This article refers to what some may feel is an "outdated" way of recording, much in the same way that some may feel purchasing physical media as opposed to digital is outdated. This shows that not everyone agrees on these issues.
There have been many posts on Techdirt about the copyright industry's hatred for new technologies that eventually turned out to be important sources of additional revenue -- the VCR being perhaps the most famous example. Here's a splendid column from Adam Turner in the Sydney Morning Herald about the same thing happening again in Australia.
As he points out, last year Australia saw a 4% growth in music sales, which outpaced the rest of the world, whose much lower 0.3% growth we discussed recently. In other words, if anything, the Australian recording companies should be celebrating the present and optimistic about the future. Instead, they are once more frightened by some technological developments that will in fact help them: an upgrade to the country's Internet infrastructure. Here's how Turner puts it:
This article is somewhat similar to the "Breakthrough Trends in the Music Industry" article that I mentioned previously. It also deals with the differences between physical and digital media and gets the input of members of the music industry in australia and their feelings on the matter.
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