“Do you know what you’ve done? You’ve killed the music industry!”

These were the words uttered by Ricky Adar to Brandenberg (the inventor of MP3)..

As you know from the previous blog, our band was signed to Cerberus – Ricky Adar’s Digital Juke Box company.

I recently complained how Spotify (the number one DSP) “killed the music industry” as our music is virtually given away for free.

I decided to research the matter to understand what led up to the cataclysmic change. I dived head first down the Rabbit hole not realising the trail would lead back Cerberus, the company we were signed to. When we signed and released our MP3 back in ’95 we were unwittingly heralding the beginning of the end. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that the “New World Tech Internet Revolution” would go full circle and lead back to the reason I feel hard done by. Fact is Ricky was the creator of the first copyright-protected music player for the web but Napster I guess blew the whole thing up then when the dust settled Spotify swopped in instead of Ricky.

I was there at the beginning and here I am now at the end. This is where it as all led. Somehow in between Napster and Spotify, busy polishing that turd, Indies like moi got screwed .

Piracy will always exist but people who don’t mind paying will exist too. My hope is that Spotify (who are not turning a profit) will start charging and the Indies will win back some ground. I believe ultimately I will get the happy ending we indies deserve.

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning” – George Wong 22.11.20

Published by theallsaints4


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