The Music Industry

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Overview

Over thirty-five years ago, Greenhaven Press began publishing the Opposing Viewpoints series to help students gain an awareness of current issues and develop critical thinking skills. The Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints series continues that tradition, presenting a wealth of information on contemporary issues in a colorful, easy-to-read format. In addition to pro/con articles, each Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints volume includes appealing features designed to help students understand the complexities of current issues:

Full-color photographs, charts, graphs, and cartoons supplement the text

Sidebars present easy-to-understand statistics

Engaging fact boxes provide at-a-glance information

Questions that focus on vocabulary aid reading comprehension

Glossary, annotated bibliography, Web sites, and organizations to contact supplement student research

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 How Healthy Is the Music Industry?

1 Record Labels Are Becoming Irrelevant Ian Bezek 11

2 Record Labels Are More Necessary than Ever Paul Sloan 16

3 The CD Is Dead Aidin Vaziri 22

4 The CD Is Still Viable Daniel Gross 29

5 Big Box Stores Are Changing Consumer Tastes Ethan Smith 34

6 Big Box Retailers and Record Store Chains Are Not Crushing Indie Stores Michael C. Moynihan 40

Chapter 2 How Are New Technologies Affecting Music?

1 Satellite Radio Will Fail Rich Duprey 47

2 Satellite Radio Is a Success Gael Fashinghauer Cooper 53

3 Artists Should Decide Whether iTunes Offers Singles or Albums Ray Waddell 59

4 Consumers Should Decide Whether iTunes Offers Singles or Albums Charles Starrett 63

5 Radiohead's Pay-What-You-Want Experiment Is Bad for Business Andrew Moylan 71

6 Radiohead's Pay-What-You-Want Experiment Is Just a New Way of Doing Business Fred Mills 76

Chapter 3 What Should the Rules Be for Downloading Music and Paying Artists?

1 Illegally Downloading Music Is Wrong Editorial Board, Music Industry Piracy Investigations 83

2 Illegally Downloading Music Is a Necessary Evil Andy Cochrane 89

3 Lawsuits Are the Best Way to Stop Illegal Downloading Recording Industry Association of America 95

4 Lawsuits Are the Wrong Way to Stop Illegal Downloading John Gruenfelder 102

5 Social Networking Sites Should Pay Royalties to Artists Billy Bragg 107

6 Social Networking Sites Should Not Pay Royalties to Artists Geoff Taylor 112

7 Webcasters Need to Pay Fair Royalties John Simson 117

8 High Royalty Payments Will Put Webcasters Out of Business Jon Healey 122

Facts About the Music Industry 129

Organizations toContract 132

For Further Reading 136

Index 139

Picture Credits 144

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