Bootlegs – Future of the Music Industry

April 5th, 2021 by dayat Leave a reply »

As we have embraced the internet age, it quickly became obvious that this gift was not only being used for good. Unlike in the past where people would allow their friends to copy or borrow a music tape, these days we can share our music instantly with millions of people. This is a good and a bad thing, but is mostly turning into the second. Taking down sites like Napster, and Audio galaxy a few years ago did not fix the problem but made it even more problematic. Now the files are being shared without a central server holding the information but is thrown around in bits and chunks throughout the net with the same effect.

Music artists are faced with their music being leaked before they even have a chance to sell it. The music industry is too big and slow to keep up with these changes, and even though they do and try to embrace the technology many have noticed that it is just too late. There are still a few artists that are making money, but those are only a few these days and usually the most established already. It used to be that we seen new artist come out and become rich left and right, but now an average musician signed to a label is lucky to clear thirty thousand a year in salary.

Many argued that bootlegging is not all bad since many musicians that would have never been heard now are thanks to it. I think that it is true but the logic behind that statement is flawed. Kids are growing up without ever having bought a CD and expect their favorite artists to keep producing and giving it away. Now why would anyone want to work for free? The music sales are down, concert sales are down, and merchandising sales along with them. It truly is becoming the age of the broke and famous, and even though many strive for it there is not much for a reason to do so.

Popularity is great in high school and college as I know from my experience that it was always nice to be the start of the party. This phase passes and at a certain time we will be judged only by how much money we are bringing in. This makes it extremely hard for real musicians to keep on pursuing their dreams. The initial burst of energy of becoming famous phases out fast after we realize that we are not treated as regular workers. If someone is popular it is automatically assumed that they are also rich. This might be true for some that know and are able to exploit that popularity to gain endorsements and sell books and such.

The sad part is that many of the most talented people are only good at one thing and that is creating awesome music. How are they suppose to survive in such an industry? I do not really have an answer for it but by looking at the hundreds of music schools pumping out graduates it is only going to get sadder as the years go by. There are thousands of hopeless musicians working for minimum wage paying off their students loans all through out the country as they were simply exploited do to their dreams of making it one day.


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