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I read Atrios so you don't have to

I've been meaning to mention this for a while now, but I got caught up in the non-blogging surrounding New Years.

Anyway, Atrios has an interesting link (no, the "Barry" he cites is not me) to data that shows the record industry's most profitable recent years coincided precisely with the glory days of Napster.

As much as the music industry wants to hide behind the bogeyman of P2P networks, it's no more than a very disingenuous excuse to avoid facing the real reason behind their revenue decline: their music sucks.

On a related topic, also from Atrios, Coldplay sucks. Yes, I know you already knew that, but it may not be for the reasons you think.


I actually like Parachutes but I don't think I'll be running out to buy anything new. That's a whole lot of rules.

yeah Barry, it's the exact same thing with the movie industry. They keep wondering if the problem is ticket and concession prices that caused the drop in attendance, but it's the 'Hollywood suckiness' that is the culprit!

But the problem with music is also compounded by the Napster issue, i.e. so many people used to free music nowadays.

You know those Democratic dating servies atrios always advertises? I always wanted to meet a hot girl from that site and then fuck her and then tell her "Ha ha, I voted for Bush!"

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