What killed the “music industry” (as the article says) was the one two punch of MP3 and the a la carte or cherry picking of tunes that they provided from ripped Cds. This is why they sued the heck out of downloaders. It had little to do with piracy, it had to do with losing their precious rip off paradigm. The ultimate horror was to lose the lock they had on the customer with the crappily produced CD. Just crank the volume and man the presses!
The biggest moneymaker they had was the half empty, pressed CD that held one hot track and maybe 11 fillers. You HAD to buy the fillers to get the one track.
Once you could download the track you wanted, instead of gettting screwed by a watered down CD- the bottom fell out.Only one CD was needed and then once a digital copy was on the net, it was all over. The thousandth generation download was as good as the original rip.
Then, with legal music services, even 128kbps DRM loaded 99 cent track, was more attractive than the alternative.
Had the music industry continued to put mostly good tracks on CDs, they would still be selling. They mismanaged the talent, they stifled new talent and went with pop clones, then they had no real talent that could write or produce and they lost it.
They even drop the DRM now as piracy was never the problem. The CD is finished.
It could come back though, if the industry could find new talent and find great producers that could “fill” a CD with great music. Used to be an album had a thread of coherency through it, a message or a feel. Now, I don’t know what the heck they even try to slap together. I have not bought a music CD in years and when I do, it is from CD Baby or some independant musician that I heard somewhere. But, I think they can’t do it any more, (the labels) they are too far gone.