As usual, Bob Lefsetz nails it about the state and fate of the music business, and the video business over time, as it relates to online:
"I'm not saying music SHOULD be free, just that it is.
Record label saber-rattling has only resulted in driving music acquisition further underground, to the point where it's impossible to eradicate the free consumption of tunes. Are you going to eliminate AIM transfers? RapidShare?
How about outlawing P2P? Well, now movies are being distributed legitimately via P2P, so that's no solution...
The ONLY hope is to create a solution so enticing that people would rather pay than steal. It's possible, after all, bottled water is being sold by the truckload even though water is essentially free from the tap and discarded empty bottles are anything but green. But the public has been convinced they need their Fiji. And the purveyor has even managed to mount a PR campaign saying THEY ARE green."
He and others have been making this point for a long time, but sometimes it just bears repeating.
Bob goes one better and describes the new way music geeks, and many ordinary mortals find joy in managing music got online:
"Turns out you can now buy a compilation on iTunes. But I wasn't looking for it. I haven't played my Fat Mattress album for nigh on forty years. But today I saw it listed in this blog and I remembered, I had to download it.
Along with Thunderclap Newman's "Hollywood Dream", Ry Cooder's debut, a couple of Spirit albums... Shit I didn't need, most of which I own on vinyl, but stuff that was worth adding to my digital collection.
And it used to be that you spent all afternoon alphabetizing your albums. Now, it's aligning your iTunes library. Are the titles correct? I need to eliminate duplicates. Let me check the timings... This is record collector fun.
And after deleting the 56k versions of Al Kooper's "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are" for their new, shiny 192k replacements, I started working on the Fat Mattress album. There was one track that I absolutely loved... What was it? "Mr. Moonshine"?
And ends with this punchline:
"Music, when done right, cannot be described."