Do you agree with Peter Gabriel about digital music?

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Peter Gabriel, a patron of Society of Sound music club, is back in the news again, mostly to promote his new Big Blue Ball project with Real World. If you didn’t realise how great a pioneer he is of digital music, then it’s worth reading this article in the NY Times.

One interesting quote from him is that “I don’t believe in the death of the major record companies,” Mr. Gabriel says. “But as an artist, I’d love to see them reinvented as service companies.”

We’d love to know your thoughts on this.

2 Comments

  • Scott says:

    I couldn’t agree more. In today’s information age, the general public doesn’t need decisions being made on their behalf as to what they will like. It is so easy to distribute and find new artists on the internet that the public is able to get to music and choose for themselves. On the flip side, history shows us that often times artists get lost because they aren’t educated in the world of finance or business. I envision the major label’s role as more of an expediator for what the public has shown interest in. For the public this means more ownership over the music on the airwaves and for the labels, far less risk involved with new artists. The pu blic has already shown interest.

    -Scott
    Los Angeles, CA

  • James Tervit says:

    I was rolling out the OD2 product across four countries for france telecom and saw first hand how much of a vision peter gabriel had. The only problem with the music companies reinventing themselves as service companies is the length of time it takes them to adapt, deploy and think technology, peter gabriel took advantage of the this fact and buitl a database service that was better than manual spreadsheets.

    The marketing of the companies are still firmly engulfed with package ware, it will take a monumental shift or a disruptive technology to shift them into adapting a digital service strategy that they can emulate or even better the apple service. I think they missed a huge opportunity on the p2p, they should have embraced it, it was the music industries SMS gaff…..

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