It’s the holiday season, which means the record industry—or, more appropriately, what’s left of it—is scrambling to sell music which is widely available for free all over the ‘net.
Vinyl sells—discriminating record buyers want to support the artists they love and have a physical artifact for scene/cred points—but not like it did before the advent of CDs. Let’s face it: Albini was right. CDs were the death knell of the record industry. This isn’t news.
So the irony of the holiday season is pretty heavy (and tasty). In 2011 the model that could have kept the industry afloat is sitting right in front of us in the few record stores that are left, repackaged in a shiny new box for the holidays: