According to a report, Gene Simmons announced that he is rolling up that massively long tongue of his and going home. He blames the fans for the destruction of the music industry. That's right, folks, the fans killed the Radio Star.
Not short sighted business models by giant corporations that continued to consolidate despite the growing trend to the do exactly the opposite.
Not the fact that music is overpriced and people who were used to hearing it free on the radio thought they could still hear it free on their computers somehow but when the industry never did a darn thing to offer this, the fans took the technology in their own hands.
Not Apple, that blessedly created the coolest portable music listening device ever on the planet.
Not the musicians who could only deliver crap music over and over again or the large, souless, brainless music companies that churned out the ground meat of music for decades.
Not the overpriced tickets for concerts or the overpriced tee-shirts or the overpriced albums (did I mention that the music is overpriced?)
Not Contemporary Country Music.
Not MTV that used to be Music Television but is now, what, Reality Television so it should be called RTV.
Not... well... You get the point.
Gene Simmons blames, downloading. Downloading. He's buying this crap too? For over a decade I've been hearing how the poor music industry is suffering for one reason or another. Too many video games. Not enough video games. Too much Television. Not enough television.
What a bunch of complainers. Really. How many excuses do they have to make before they turn the mirror on themselves. Innovation and good music. That's all it takes. I mean Google makes tons of money and they give eveything away for free. Everything! So why can't a huge conglomerate of companies put their heads (and their wallets) together to think of a way to out of this mess.
Oh right, they did... The RIAA goes around victimizing fans in a strong-arm fashion that resembles the Sopranos more than Nirvana. The time has come for the music industry to come to grips, count themselves lucky that people do want to listen to music, but in a diferent format and develop a new business model. One that actually works.
Suring downloaders is not the way. There must be another. Find it before the industry shatters into a million little pieces since that's the way it looks like it's going.
Ars Tehnica quotes Gene Simmons in an AOL news story:
"The record industry is dead. It's six feet underground and unfortunately the fans have done this," Simmons said, according to AOL News. "They've decided to download and file share. There is no record industry around so we're going to wait until everybody settles down and becomes civilized. As soon as the record industry pops its head up we'll record new material."
I wonder about these guys. When they say stuff like this they really show their age.
Read all about it here.