Top acts and their representatives are expressing reservations about the creative and financial implications of shifting to a singles-based model. "The fear among artists is that the work of art they put together, the album, will become a thing of the past," says attorney Fred Goldring
It's amazing how hard it is to kill a cash cow.
I'll state the obvious -- to quote "Goldmember" -- "Well then there is no pleasing you."
Big artists really crack me up. You don't hear them complaining that radio stations don't play their songs together in album form. The album is not going to die as an art form. Apple reports that half of their song downloads are in album form.
Here's an idea: if your album is really good, people will want to buy the whole thing. If it isn't, they won't. The idea that there is any creativity issue behind this complaint is pure fantasy. It's clear that people are going to make their own playlists no matter how "artists" distribute their work, breaking the album model. What this really is is the recording industry worried about their previous ability to squeeze extra cash out of the consumer. In other words, to get them to pay for crap they don't want. Now that a new consumer model is appearing (one that consumers have long been screaming for) they're worried that people may no longer roll over and pay for music they don't want.
A few words of advice to the music industry:
Quit whining. It's unbecoming
If you want to be a successful business, stop trying to alienate your customers
If you find that crappy music is hard to sell, make good music instead.
See item 1
Stop giving fodder to the folks who justify their downloading by imagining artists as greedy rich folks
Streamline, cut costs, get rid of the dead weight and tighten your belts like other industries (and your customers!) are forced to do when the going gets tough. You're trying to compete against free downloads. Wake up. Start by cutting your legal budget at least by 50%.
Reduce the cost of distribution and try harder to reach niches. You'll generate more excitement about music and expand your customer base.
FIght the stranglehold of corporate radio, or find a way to use it for good instead of evil.
Since I'm not charging for this advice, it's a bargain.