Playing Hurt — A Half-time Pep talk

By Dave Van Dyke, Inside Music Media

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Solutions For The Labels

CD sales are down again. Legal downloads are up but not as much as in the past. Labels are getting hooked on ring tone sales to help make up for the short fall in CD sales. Music is as stale as the latest innovative idea from a big four label. Desperation is setting in as labels try to get more merchandising rights in artist contracts. Even hit albums are not dominating the charts. Big artists start with big sales and then decline rapidly. Christmas sales figures are not in, of course, but barring the unforeseen, it will be another down year for record labels and trouble aplenty ahead. Here are some good ideas I've heard to turn&hellip

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The $1.6 Billion Garage Sale

Google, a new age company -- the rage, the do-no-wrong new media conglomerate had to go outside Google's significant brain trust to buy YouTube from a couple of kids they then made into billionaires. Couldn't Google have invented YouTube on its own for a lot less? YouTube could only have been conceived of in a garage by a few fools who thought pirating other people's copyrights could be a big business. Imagine if Viacom had a skunk works and its brainstormers came up with YouTube first. How fast do you think corporate lawyers would have shot down that idea? In the music-related media we tend to blame new technology when sales go down&hellip

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Reinvest In Artist Development

By Steve Meyer, Inside Music Media

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Help the Needy — Radio Consolidators

It's Christmas and time to help the neediest. And CBS, Citadel, Entercom and Clear Channel would have you believe that they are the neediest. These groups along with TV and newspaper execs are trying to get the FCC to repeal the "severe ownership restrictions" in a time when technological and marketplace developments have made competing more difficult. Are these people serious? The radio industry got everything they wanted in 1996 with passage of the Telecommunications Act. And all they've proven ten years later is that they couldn't run more than two stations in a market even with a virtual monopoly. Now they want another bite of&hellip

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