I’m not the only one, but I’ve been saying for a few years now that the power of the Internet to move data quickly and at little to no cost will overhaul the music industry, taking power away from big record companies and retailers and allowing artists to market themselves directly to fans.
This, of course, assumes that everyone can get online and has the ability to use the Internet to access the music they like.
This interesting article from the Washington Post suggests that only about half of country music fans have broadband connections and explores the repercussions thereof.
Living in the suburbs, I just assumed everyone had access to broadband. Am I wrong? Is there still a chance that some of the big labels will survive the next 10 years in anything like their present form? I don’t think so, but I could be wrong.
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