HubcapDave, on Sep 9 2003, 07:04 PM, said:
.As most bands really don't make money off there albums,unless there a band like Metallica,and Linkin Park and both those bands were bands who built up a fan base through Tape and MP3 trading.
Um, Metallica did it the old fashioned way, through album sales, radio play, and making good music!
I'm kinda getting tired of the "big bad business" defense put up to justify this kind of behavior! You're going to have to come up with a more specific, a more detailed answer than "big fat suits, sitting on their asses" as to what's wrong with RIAA!
Actually, I think the point that BizzyD17 was trying to make is simply that very few artists turn an appreciable profit off of record sales, which is the truth except in the cases of well established artists that have the "clout" to demand a larger cut of the sales.
In the music industry, most bands make the lion's share of *their* profits from concerts and tours.
In fact, very few acts outside the Madonnas, Britneys and Metallicas will make more than $1 per $20-25 dollar CD. Retail markup deducted, the Record companies are the ones who make the money on album sales.
So in reality, when it comes to music production, the suits really do sit on their asses, watch their robots grind out a few hundred thousand CDs at a production cost of maybe 2-3 bucks at most a disc, then watch their cheques roll in.