Originally Posted by jinksdingo
Actually the decline of record sales occurred way before the internet and the CD.
Album sales declined except for a few Greats and those Greats still sell well today.
It has something to do with the buying public and what they like.
Record Companies re issue those Greats regularly as they make them money.
I'm talking about broad popularity across the generations.
Tracks with the life sucked out of them aren't really what the buying public wants even if some Publishers/ Record Labels are promoting them.
Most Record labels still haven't pieced together the relationship with a Musical Director and Orchestral backing and a talented Singer.
They seem to put their talent in with a Producer and his penchants for plugins.
you might want to rethink that:
here's 1973 - 2008...
the years correspond to excel row numbers, the graph represents 36 years of data 1973 - 2008.
Excel graphed the years as follows:
1973 is plot point "1"
1979 is plot point "7"
1999 is plot point "27"
2008 is plot point "36"
data source: http://musicbusinessresearch.files.w...obal-sales.jpg
so it looks like the "economy" really isn't that big of a factor after all, looking at 36 years of data...
add to that each decade also saw it's own added consumer competition... the 70s
saw the initial release of VCRs and Video Cassettes as well as video game consoles and cartridges,
saw home video boom as VHS matured, cable tv boomed, new types of youth sports took hold, the 90s
saw the introduction of DVDs, home computers became household items, people started paying for internet service, and cell phones began to be common place...
and yet through each one of those decades (without rampant online piracy) sales grew steadily until P2P and broadband reach ubiquity at the turn of the century...
then, the sales plummet.
you can choose to ignore this like you can choose to ignore a train crossing or a stop sign, but it's foolish and irrational to do so.