A Musician's Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing
Subject:   Why no mention about satellite radio ?
Date:   2003-06-12 08:58:08
From:   anonymous2
Regarding the RIAA's complaint about the decline of CD sales which they directly state is the result from music downloads.... BULL !

Through the years, we were forced to dump our stereo equipment to make way for new technologies (vinyl, 4-track, 8-track, cassette, CD's). Now even the standard CD is doomed for the new DVD-Audio format. It seems, not too long ago, I purchased a 300 disc CD changer with CD text capability only to find out that many new CD releases didn't even support CD text (what a waste of money that was). Now they expect us to purchase new equipment for the DVD-Audio format ? No way, not this time. The cost of a regular CD is much too high for the 1 or 2 good songs that you get.

I don't download music but I did purchase an XM satellite receiver. I can listen to any category of music for a monthly subscription that's less than the cost of a CD. I can even see the song title and artist name (CD text was supposed to be this way). I no longer purchase CD's but when I read about the RIAA's complaint, I know their focus is without merit. There are two satellite radio providers, XM and Sirius. XM states they have 600,000 subscribers. If this is so, it is possible that CD sales would also decline by that amount year after year. Why doesn't the RIAA mention about satellite radio impacting CD sales or disclose the income they receive from XM or Sirius ?