You know how last post I promised to talk about the free model from the artist point of view? I lied.
THESE are the guys you gotta convince. These are the guys keeping the music stores alive. Now that sounds evil doesn't it? Wanting to take down the guys keeping the stores alive? And it is. You don't wanna alienate the labels. Now I don't profess to know very much about the reaction of the labels. So I would actually like to do a bit of crowd-sourcing! Isn't that great!
I will offer these views:
- Labels offer security and stability to bands, who in turn are contractually obligated to the label. This sort of symbiosis means that the labels have the most power when it comes to distribution
- At least from what I can see, labels don't generally care where the revenue comes from. They seemed perfectly fine with the switch from CD to digital, as long as the money keeps rolling in. For this reason, I am sure most major labels would be open to a game change if it meant they kept their profitability (and maybe gained more control over releases?)