Opinions and Rants #23: Music Sharing (Part Two): A Reality Check
I understand the protest agains music sharing. It deprives musicians of their rightful earnings. It's like painting a picture, putting in a gallery for sale, and having it stolen. We can't expect them to be happy about it.
However, there comes a point where you need to just face reality. It's a sad, it's ugly and it's unjust.... but it's a reality that is not going to go away. They estimate that 1.4 billion people have Internet access - that's 21% of the world's population with the capability to hijack music with ease! At some point you need to face reality and look for other opportunities to allow your music to make money.
I don't pretend to have the solution, but then, it's not my problem. Ultimately it will come down to one of two possibilities: (1) Some innovative band will develop a novel way to cash in on quality music or (2) musicians simply will not make zillions of dollars anymore; instead of earning twenty times the gross domestic product of most countries, musicians will be more like they were in the 1960s where only a select few (Elvis, The Beatles, etc.) can make obscene amounts of dough.
Tell me how I'm wrong. Or, better yet, let me know just how right I am.