If you have any time to waste today fiddling around on the internet and are not feeling too righteous about what you read then I suggest that you check out this article provided to us by the glorious MSN (well known for its top reporting). It has the unfortunate fate of being about one Mr R. Williams of the terrible genre of music known as 'pop' (you know the sort I mean- I'm sure that each and everyone of us is guilty of getting absolutely wrecked and dancing around like at prat to this kind of music at some point in our lives).
Back to the article however, which is, on the larger scale, about the problems within the music industry and the shake down that's going on at EMI at the moment with regards to how much artists are paid and how records are promoted as a consequence of the impact of cheap, large capacity mini MP3 players, internet downloads, file sharing and illegal copying. In my mind it can only be a good thing to make music cheaper and more freely available (taking the consumers stand point) despite all the associated arguments around this topic. Anyway, the article explores these issues much more eloquently than I could. I have to say it is well worth the five minutes it will take you to read it if any of these kinds of issues interest you at all. It's also reasonably amusing to a cynical or slightly childish person like myself.
For anyone who just can't be bothered I've included my favourite bit for you below:
"....What it is about EMI that Williams feels particularly upset about isn't immediately clear. Clark goes on to say, "They do not have anyone in the digital sphere capable of doing the job required."
Allow us to be 'Kids' just for a second, but is anyone else thrilled at the idea of working in a digital sphere? We imagine it'd be like The Matrix – only rounder....."