Supply And Demand in The Age Of Infinite Supply

The following appears courtesy of The Music Void. See all of Ted Cohen’s Digital Diatribe columns for The Music Void at Lately, there’s been renewed chatter about the price of a digital download and just where, exactly, is the “sweet spot” for the industry and consumers. Last week, producer/professor/entrepreneur/thinker Sandy Pearlman again broached his […]


Posted by Ted • Wednesday, October 7, 2009 .

Cleveland Scene: That’s All, Folks: Will the last major-label rep to leave Cleveland please turn off the light?

In May, when the Warner Group (also known as WEA, short for Warner Elektra Atlantic) laid off John Koury, it released the last foot soldier from a long line of sales and marketing pros that helped influence what music took root in the city — and, sometimes, across the country. Koury was the last major-label sales representative in the city.


Posted by Ted • Wednesday, June 17, 2009 . Album sales slump, iTunes booms

US album sales fell 14% in 2008 as consumers instead chose to buy individual tracks online, such as the top-selling “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis.


Posted by Ted • Thursday, January 1, 2009 .

Bloomberg: U.S. Album Sales Decline 14% While Online Track Sales Surge

Total U.S. music purchases rose 11 percent in 2008 to 1.51 billion units, driven by online spending. Album sales fell to 428.4 million from 500.5 million a year earlier, researcher Nielsen SoundScan said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.


Posted by Ted • Wednesday, December 31, 2008 .