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  •  Music sales are down not only because of piracy (11+ / 0-)

    The MP3 format (and it's derivatives like OGG, etc) is a very CONVENIENT way to listen to music.

    Steve Jobs, bless his perfectionist megalomaniac soul, found a way to MONETIZE music files.  I myself find it far more convenient to press a few buttons on my iPod Touch and pay $0.99 for a song rather than go through the trouble of searching for it on a torrent and then syncing the song up to my iPod.

    In the old days, you had to buy the entire CD to get the one song you liked.  Now people can just buy the hit songs they want.  The MP3 player is revolutionary in that everyone can create their own compilation album that fits their music preference.  This is also probably killing the radio listening audience.

    Now lets go to DVD and Blu-Ray.  It's a big pain in the butt to turn on my PlayStation 3, select HDMI2 from my TV menu, insert the DVD, and to add insult to injury, I see the "FBI warning" that I am forced to watch for 20 seconds (no way to fast-forward this like in the old days of the VCR).

    Why bother go through all that hassle when I can just watch videos of peoples' pets doing funny things on Youtube?  And there are vast amounts of classic movies freely available on video.google.com.  All legally available because they're in the public domain.  Watch B classics like "Night of the Living Dead", "Nosferatu" and "Nightmare Castle".

    Even if you completely eliminate every vestige of piracy off the internet, the entertainment industry will still have to compete with USER CREATED CONTENT on the internet itself.

    Take DailyKos for example.  Every minute somebody spends on here reading is one less minute that could be used to watch advertiser-supported television.  Even annoying Republican trolls on here provide entertainment (or irritainment) as they suffer a barrage of donuts.

    DMCA didn't cause much of a fuss because it wasn't as badly-written legislation as SOPA is.  The latter will make it easy to file false reports of piracy and shut down legitimate websites.

    •  I haven't listened to radio in years... (3+ / 0-)
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      This is also probably killing the radio listening audience.

      I've been burning my own music to cd for about a decade+.

      What have I avoided by doing so?

      -Radio commercials.
      -Songs I do not want to suffer through
      -Song interruptions by DJs who think I want to hear them talk over the beginning and/or end of music.

      Some friends pressed me to get satellite radio, but even then, I am listening to someone's choices for what they are going to play. I refused to pay for that since burning my own stuff gives me My playlists - which is What I want to hear and when I want to hear it.

      -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

      by Vayle on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 06:31:21 AM PST

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    •  Irritainment! (0+ / 0-)

      Well coined!

    •  What is killing radio (2+ / 0-)
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      Sandino, Cassandra Waites

      is playing the same damn songs every hour...

      Play some new new stuff every now and then...

      "I'm not scared of anyone or anything, Angie. Isn't that the way life should be?" Jack Hawksmoor

      by skyounkin on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 09:23:34 AM PST

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