Protecting a dead medium

The Times has a good summary of the Stupid Sony Rootkit Scandal and how bloggers brought them down. I watched this from afar because I haven’t bought a CD in more than a year. CD? What’s a CD? They’re working so hard to protect a dead medium. It’s as if they posted a militia around a graveyard.

  • http://cellar.org/iotd.php Undertoad

    A CD is where, in theory, you kind of own the music that you’ve paid for – as opposed to the iTunes model where you are renting it.

  • Pauk

    I wouldn’t say its that dead. I’ve never bought music online, I prefer to buy it on CD. I find it much nicer to have the physical medium and then convert it to mp3 afterwards.

  • Jimmy

    While I don’t think CDs are a dead medium — I also prefer to buy an actual CD sometimes, especially with an artist I really like — I do think this was a moron thing for Sony to do. But then, Sony has been one of the worst when it comes to spending more time and energy tracking down supposed P2P thievery, when instead it should be putting time and energy into embracing digital music. CDs aren’t dead yet, but digitial downloads are here to stay.

  • http://www.blackrimglasses.com Ethan

    Not dead, but dying. Digital sales are 20-30% right now. What is dying is the whole notion of direct hierarchy from artist->album->song as the profit center for a record company.

    This has been stated over and over again by the CEO’s of the labels (at least the one I work at). A CD is just one small piece of a very large puzzle when it comes to music.

  • Old Grouch

    Certainly the CD is going to die if the labels continue do stupid things to kill it. Imagine the WTF? reaction from people who get told that the corporate IT department has banned Sony/BMG CDs from company computers because of security risks.

    My musical taste leans toward classical and jazz, my connection is (of necessity) dialup, and I work far more than 40 hours/week. All of which encourage buying rather than searching, downloading, (checking, downloading again), and burning. And having the physical object is reassuring: I don’t have to worry about losing a lot of my collection to a hard drive failure. But I’m holding off buying any more Sony or BMG titles until the dust from this mess settles. Way to go, guys… shaft the people who actually spent money on your product.

    I agree that in the long run downloading is probably the way things will go… either that or music-on-demand from some central server. But we have to get a lot better connected, and the process still has to get easier/more convenient. (Apple is a start.) Remember: The blog community skews toward technical competence, but there are still a lot of technophobes (and “cant-be-bothereds”) out there who are still buying the physical object. And it’s in the labels’ interest to encourage this. So let’s raise prices on new releases!

    It amazes me that someone at one of the majors was never smart enough to figure out a way to combine already-available photoprinters, CD burners, and satellite delivery to put an “any CD in about an hour” box in every music store in the country. Take advantage of the long tail, keep ‘em buying the physical object, and make money. Oh well, they were probably worried about cheating (gee, we sell lottery tickets through terminals and run ATMs remotely), and it’s probably too late now anyway.

  • http://lesterblog.blogspot.com Jon Lester

    Because of this, I wonder how many more XBox 360’s will be sold to those who originally intended to get a PS3?

  • http://www.elflife.com/cgi-bin/txt.cgi/ Carson Fire

    Boy howdy! I read it here first. As of today, Sony is being targetted by the Texas judicial system. This particular spyware is ILLEGAL in this state.

  • http://www.chath.org chat

    While I don’t think CDs are a dead medium — I also prefer to buy an actual CD sometimes, especially with an artist I really like — I do think this was a moron thing for Sony to do. But then, Sony has been one of the worst when it comes to spending more time and energy tracking down supposed P2P thievery, when instead it should be putting time and energy into embracing digital music. CDs aren’t dead yet, but digitial downloads are here to stay

  • http://www.muhabbeti.com muhabbet

    A CD is where, in theory, you kind of own the music that you’ve paid for – as opposed to the iTunes model where you are renting it

  • http://www.sohbetnl.com Sohbet

    Ben onun ölü söyleyemem. Ben, Tercih etti?im CD sat?n müzik çevrimiçi sat?n hiç. Ben çok fiziksel ortam için daha iyi ve daha sonra bulmak mp3 onu sonra.