Much More Music...Lessons?

The technology blog ars technica has an excellent article about whether or not the music industry is dying. The article isn’t all doom and gloom, but I do like the kind of “doomy” beginning:

An anecdote in a recent Economist perfectly summed up the problems facing the major music labels. After EMI, the smallest of the Big Four, invited a teen focus group to its London headquarters in 2006, it wanted to give the teens something for their time. The response is worth quoting in full:

At the end of the session the EMI bosses thanked them for their comments and told them to help themselves to a big pile of CDs sitting on a table. But none of the teens took any of the CDs, even though they were free. ‘That was the moment we realised the game was completely up, says a person who was there.’