- Feb 2007
I hear you.They need to pick their poison. If iTunes and the like didn't exist, music would be considerably more expensive, and piracy would skyrocket.
It is these new expansions that have to be checked hard, most of all. Suddenly Apple is a bank, Facebook is a ... matchmaker. I mean come on.
Music has actually dropped in cost (a bit) from its face value when retail sales led the way. With the advent of singles sales, subscription plans (spotify) and the like.
That market was dictated by sellers, not the people who make the music or the consumers.
A good example of this is if an artist wants to give something away for free using these distribution services, there is always someone wanting to collect a little.
iTunes should be independently run. I feel there is a conflict of interest when a tech/hardware company owns market share of a private industry.
I guess that illustrates why I said "and Apple."