Excite News heeft een artikel over de gevolgen van internet voor de muziekindustrie.
In het kort komt het erop neer dat de grote jongens zullen verliezen en de kleine onafhankelijke labels en artiesten er hun voordeel van zullen nemen:
Real-world music stores and the current giants of the music industry will find themselves in the line of fire as the Internet squeezes out the middleman, stated a report from online artist promoter Internet Underground Music Association (IUMA) released on Monday.
While the music industry's Big Five -- Sony, BMG, EMI, Universal/Polygram and Warner-Electra-Atlantic -- will gain advantages from one-to-one marketing, those pluses will be offset by increased competition in the market, said Andrew Atherton, IUMA vice president and principal author of the "Music's Online Future" report. "Major labels will concentrate on volume marketing and promotion of an artist -- their core competency," Atherton said. "Our [the Internet's] role will be discovering the artist."
Atherton interviewed over 45 industry executives for the 70-page report, which was sponsored by communications technology giant Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:LU). His conclusion: Artists, fans and independent labels have the most to gain from the Internet, while the current incumbents have the most to lose.