Re: [rumori] FW: Regarding the Changes (for artists)

From: Paul Smith (
Date: Thu Dec 12 2002 - 15:05:26 PST

> Well, there ain't no free lunch. The last 6 or 7
> years of Net
> Cornucopia and Irrational Exuberance were just a
> tremendous loss
> leader for late capitalism. Now the party's over.
> Get used to
> it, and take an intelligent look at what you're
> getting for your
> money.

Not really. There was no free lunch in the first
place. The way I understood the business model, CD's
were to be sold from the site, and half of those
profits were to go towards's expenses.
Artists were already "paying" for their services.

But, as you say, people, in this case the USERS of, wanted the free stuff, and instead of buying
albums, they downloaded the songs instead. Some
artists, I suspect to get more exposure, make many or
all of their songs downloadable from their pages.
This, of course, hurt CD sales [gee, where have we
heard this before?] and now with a limited number of
downloads per page, [in lieu of that fee] I'm sure hopes that if you like a given band, and can't
download all of their songs, then you'll buy the

Effectively, this means is double-dipping on
artists who want to get exposure, which, I had always
thought was the point of in the first place.
A number of bands do swell business on that site, and
must split their CD profits accordingly, which should
cover the costs of the less profitable artists. If it
doesn't, then should bring in artists who can
cover those costs, or work out a deal with a minor
record lable for webspace and bandwith for their
internet music operations. Punishing the artists for
having cheapskate fans is not going to help.

Total List of Lowriders in National Commercials:
1. 1984; Burger King; "Drive Thru"
2. 1998; Chi-Chi's "Celebration"
3. 1999; Amoco "Feels Good"
4. 2000; VW "New Beetle/Dreams"
5. 2001; Rally's "You Gotta Eat/Big Buford"
6. 2002; Chevrolet "We'll Be There/Remix/Heritage"

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