While at Musexpo a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to hear a relatively new band, called “A Fine Frenzy”. Their songs were fresh and well written. Upon returning to the bay area, I decided that I wanted to purchase a couple of the songs I’d heard, so I went to the band’s website and to their myspace page only to find that the CD wasn’t going to be available until July 17, three months from now. I checked iTunes and they only had one song from the new album and it wasn’t the one I was looking for. I considered using a stream ripper on the band’s website, but realized it was not appropriate. For a few seconds it also crossed my mind to use Limewire or other torrent sites to see if I could find these songs. Now I understand one of the reason’s for music piracy — not that I condone it.
What’s amazing is that the songs are being used for promotion, at live venues as well as on the band’s website and myspace page, but the ability to purchase this music is still several months away. Maintaining this manufacturing business model will ultimately be the downfall of the recording industry. Moving to digital economics where music is available for download even before it’s availability on CD (or even on CD at all) will go along way to increasing music sales. A modernization of the business model where digital economics are at the forefront may ultimately save the recording industry or at least morph it into a new substainable business.