Thursday, November 12, 2009

Are musicians better off because of file-sharing?

That's the question being asked by the excellent, data crunching Times Labs Blog today - and, surprisingly, they conclude that recording artists make more money today than they did five years ago.

The figures show that, while record labels are suffering, concert promoters, songwriters, venues and musicians are all doing just fine, thanks. And maybe the labels would be better off themselves, if only they could stop haemorraging money on things like suing music fans, or booking a first class plane ticket for Bono's hat, or releasing records by Noah "and the Whale".

Anyway, the Times' analysis is worth a click if you're into that sort of thing.

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