jso6mailcity.com Posted August 11, 2000 Share Posted August 11, 2000 Is the Average music consumer satisfied with a certain level of quality that is very much lower than what we aspire or maintain and frankly, are they fed up that they just want to stay where they're at? This might not be the right forum for this but....This thread of thought occurred to me while reading the posts and replies in this forum, Napster, MP3.com and MP3 mania, Where are the Guitar/Keyboard heroes, Does it sell because it sucks, museum of dead technology, etc. etc., Why would people bother to listen to MP3when CDs are available? Why would people bother to listen to tapes when CDs are available? or Why would people bother to listen to CDs when DVDs will be commonplace? If they say they hit Napster to preview a CD would they really buy one to own, when they already enjoy listening to it from their hard drives maybe like in those chat rooms in the NET, they're just lying to the teeth. Is listening pleasure limited to K$$$$ systems in living rooms and not in PA systems in airports, elevators, cheezy radios in the corner store or car? Can the average listener discern the difference between MP3 and CDA like normal and chrome cassettes? A large portion of "us" would buy CDs actually for "research" & "study" purposes. Would they care if Clint Black's album was recorded in digital with a high sheen or did they even bother when Neil Young whined that digital didn't have the warmth? Granting that labels are pushing a lot of mediocre artists and they do sell a lot, does that show that the discerning listener is not the average one? Where are our heroes?, does the lack of them mean the quality of musicianship we hear in mainstream products is much lesser and since consumers just gobble them up meaning they're satisfied with it? Are they sort of fed up at us for the moment, next to CD is DVD 5.1 audio, they'll have to invest in new equipment when they are satisfied with CDs or (egad) MP3? VCDs are very much in abundance in Asia despite the quality difference from DVD because they are much, much more cheaper (PnP3,000 DVD vs PnP300 or PnP150 for pirated VCD).Granted that Napster has already fatally shot not just the Record Biz but the entire copyright concept, it just reflects the current trend of ripping-offs, product design, programs, pictures, Movies are definitely next? Has Commercialism made music a lot less relevant to the consumer? therefore making them compromise on quality? Is the abundance of products, in this fast moving technological drive, make products relevant only if it cannot be acquired free or cheap? Would saying that any guy competent with a sequencer can do that (MP3.com hotshot) make him seem like "all I have is a red guitar, 3 chords and the truth"? Am I still working in an irrelevant and dying Biz which will end up giving products for free and making money only in shows where musicians play stuff knocked-off from other 3 chord songs and recorded by kids with cheap supercomputers in their bedrooms using ripped off programs and plug-ins? The net is moving so much faster than government can police, (love bug creator cannot be prosecuted because in the Phil. no crime was committed because we have no laws against it) Can an "Internet gov't" (and there will definitely be one) be able to stop a virtual exchange of stories, ripping off books and movies because their is no physical evidence? I seem to be rambling here!!So is the Average music consumer fed up and satisfied with a certain level of quality that is very much lower than what we aspire or maintain? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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