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RIAA says retail music sales increased in 2004

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 23 Mar 2005 12:36 User comments (13)

RIAA says retail music sales increased in 2004 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has said that shipments of music have actually increased for the first time in five years n 2004. 814 million units were shipped, which is a slight increase of 2%. The total revenue for music shipments reached $12 billion which is an increase of 2.5%. Over the past few years global sales of music were at a steady decrease and the Recording Industry was quick to point a finger at Internet Piracy as the number one reason for the fall in music sales.
However, sales of items such as DVDs were increasing as more people began using other technologies. The Recording Industry stayed on the war path against file-sharing however. In the U.S. thousands of P2P users have been sued by the RIAA for allegedly sharing copyrighted music on P2P networks. The fight spread to Europe eventually with the IFPI filing lawsuits against file-sharers. However, overall P2P usage remained on an increase.

Popularity of online music download services has also increased and helped the recording industry in their battle as they now use them as an example of how Internet users could purchase digital copies of music legally. However, the biggest drawback is DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection which limits what the owners can do with the files. It will be interesting to see how the global music sales will go in 2005.

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13 user comments

123.3.2005 13:27

Also, although this is is not pointed out in the article, i am sure the RIAA is saying "SEE WE TOLD YOU THAT SUEING P2P users WOULD DECREASE PIRACY!!" (Note: the caps on the RIAA stuff was ment to be, as they shout around s*** like that all the time) But, as what was pointed out in the article:

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However, overall P2P usage remained on an increase.
Need I say more?

223.3.2005 13:33

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However, overall P2P usage remained on an increase.
I said it before...and I will say it again: Oh please...somebody pass them a freaking box of kleenex! Well, speaking of the article...I am happy for them, maybe this will stop them from complaining about it and creating some trumped up charges to put people in jail. Yeah...rrrriiiigggghhhhhtttttt. BTW...
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The total revenue for music shipments reached $12 billion which is an increase of 2.5%.
AND THEY ARE COMPLAINING WHY?????
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323.3.2005 13:58

lol, as i said in another article, the R$AA are greedy S.O.Bs

423.3.2005 14:12

LOL! I know...I had to put that page in my favorites!

523.3.2005 14:26

So much for filesharing killing the industry.




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623.3.2005 15:17

Oh yeah! Filesharing is crippling the worlds economy... Did everyone get that memo? LOL!


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723.3.2005 22:02

obviously p2p and file-sharing isn't hurting the music industry that bad.. if artists are still selling multi-platinum albums and making BILLIONS of dollars. Greedy SOB's.

823.3.2005 22:35

FUCK RIAA! Greedy bastards. Let everyone be aware of http://www.p2punite.net 31 days... Spread the word!!

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924.3.2005 3:20

@Letukka I AM SO THERE! Going to have to put that in the signature! ;)

1025.3.2005 1:45

I guess it's true that the greed of the RIAA BASTARDS knows no bounds!!!

1125.3.2005 6:02

Nope...sure doesn't. Kinda sad if you think about it...don't know if anyone ever saw this artile, but manage to notice it. http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/6038.cfm Tsk, tsk...I guess they should REALLY do their homework before coming after people, cause they look like @sses when they do stuff like this. ;)

1225.3.2005 17:09

p2p forever

1325.3.2005 17:19

United by the P2P!!!! ;)


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