John Mellencamp Compares Internet to an Atomic Bomb

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bskoreyko

oh jonny boy, you have it all wrong!!!

yes the internet has allowed people to steel music, movies, software, etc... however if companies didn't charge the pretty penny they do people would probably be more inclined to purchase the items they steel. i for one would love to pay a monthly fee for music, movies, etc... there isn't enough time in a persons life to listen to all the music or watch the movies... so i say for 29.99/month let us have unlimited access to music and movies!!! perhaps 49.99 for premium subscription which includes new releases.... DONE AND DONE!!!

someone like GOOGLE needs to challenge itunes, apple sucks big time!!!

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DOAcepr

is because in the old days he could fleece the music listening public for $20 a CD, even though there was only one song worth listening to (let alone buying) on the entire albam.  Now days, you can just download that 1 song for $0.99 and skip the rest of the crap saving your self $19.01!  That is REALLY why he's pissed.  Perhaps its time the music artists step it up and start making decent music...  an entire album that is worth buying.   

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EarthBoundMisfit

I laugh at people who complain about mp3 music quality. I've worked as a radio disc jockey , and I can tell you the majority of music on air now are mp3s...

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zNelson24

John's wrong, they're not the same. The internet dosen't kill off several thousands of people and radiates land in a nuclear fallout like an atomic bomb.

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Walnut

John Mellencamp is a horrible musician. His presence in the "dead" music industry should have never been. How fitting.

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ifailatliving

guy has mad perspective

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triclops41

to clowns like JCM, industry changing in ways i dont understand==industry dieing!

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Edwincnelson

All the internet has done is change the music business in a way that's not good for JCM. When I was a kid we digested the music that was available, which was the music distributed by the music industry. It was almost impossible for an indie band to get their music distributed without the financial support of a distributer, and the music industry wanted a certain kind of music.

Now, kids listen to whatever they want, whenever they want. Even the smallest band can go viral if the content is good enough. It's a level playing field. Is it harder for some people who were used to not having to compete (here's looking at you Metalica)? Sure. Are we amazingly better off than we were because now rather than getting what they say we want we actually get what we really want? Yep.

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violian

In some respects, this is absolutely true. If you look around and haven't realized there are actually no record stores anynore, you've got to be blatantly ignorant of this matter. We had this huge used music store on campus that had been in operation for over 30 years, and they finally shuttered their doors in 2006. I really miss that place. Kids just aren't going to record stores anymore. Same goes for BestBuy, when I was a kid, I rememered the cd section was at least 3-4 times bigger than they are now.

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Caboose

Music stores are still around. HMV seems to be thriving and doing really well. And big-box stores like Best-Buy, Future Shop and Wal-Mart still have decent sized music sections.

Most people though, want to get their music in an easy to use fashion, and then play it however they want, so they turn to online stores like AmazonMP3 and iTunes where they can get high quality, DRM free (iTunes recently) digital copies on individual tracks and complete albums. I've noticed that HMV has opened an online music store here in Canada. They're smart as they're embracing the digital era along with keeping their brick and mortar stores open as they will compliment eachother.

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emlee0203

I think people like Mellencamp are physical embodiments of internet trolls. Such ignorance makes me laugh.

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triclops41

this is why hollywood types shouldnt be listened to.  he and prince should have an ethylene glycol drinking contest.

 

we can accurately point out to them that it is delicious and organic!

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theresapartyinm...

Avatar has had hundreds of thousands of illegal downloads on the web but it managed to make more money than any movie including the ones before piracy on the web became a problem. Sounds like people will pay if it is worth seeing.

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strangelove9

What I'd like to know was how exactly did he load his iPod with Beatles mp3's, considering that the Beatles discography is not officially available on iTunes.

Either he's a pirate, or he got some really crappy 96 kbps from who knows where. In any case, he has no standing in this matter.

 

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Caboose

Or he's a moron (as is evident by his comments) and ripped his CD's in a shit format/quality!

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gendoikari1

We can only assume that he still uses floppies. For example, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at 320 kbps is around 92 MB, requiring about 64 floppies. Or, by ripping at 4 kbps, the entire album can fit on one 1.44 MB floppy.

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GIJames

It's only destroying the music industry because they're not using it properly.

 

They'd be doing fine if only they would start selling music as lossless flac files instead of mp3s.  The same goes for the movie industry.

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grorc

If the internet has put an Atomic Bomb into the music industry in that I am no longer forced to listen to the music that the music industry forces upon me (John Mellencamp) and gives a forum for new artists to get their music out to the masses on their own, adding greater competition to all those bringing music to the market, we need more atomic bombs in other industries.

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Jelson

couldn't agree more, just had to say that.

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Vegan

"The 58-year-old musician went on to complain about the quality of MP3 files, and said of listening to a Beatles song on his iPod compared to a newly remastered CD, "you could barely even recognize it as the same song. You could tell it was those guys singing, but the warmth and quality of what the artist intended for us to hear was so vastly different.""

 

You could say the same thing comparing that CD to vinyl, so....

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Tenhawk

I had to reread that part of the article twice... I initially thought that he WAS comparing CDs to Vinyl cause he used the same argument word for word.

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Blues22475

Was "being destroyed" when people learned how to burn copies of a bought disk and give it to their friends or anyone who requested it. The internet is not to blame for a destroyed music industry.

Yet another person who seems to fail at grasping the concept of either

1. How their chosen industry is failing.
2. What the internet is.

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DJSPIN80

He completely misses the point.  The internet revolutionized the music industry.  I think that newer bands/groups are getting smart about the internet not just as a marketing venue, but as a means of distributing their music.  If Mellencamp really wants to egg on the web, he should complain about how cheap recording equipment have become.  With minimal investment, you could build a studio that would have cost millions a decade or two ago.  He needs to rile on that as well, the internet may have its share of negative press, but it has given musicians a different venue from which they can mass market themselves, and be able to maintain much of their revenue - revenue that used to go towards the fat cats in record labels.

Anyways, I'll agree about the quality of MP3 files.  Uncompressed is the way to go but not if it sucks up my entire iPod.  Anyhoo, this is why I still own vinyl's of several of my Beatle's albums.

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Caboose

Vinyl FTW. I just need to get a turntable. I've found a number of new albums on vinyl. Just gotta look hard for them!

There's just something epically awesome about listening to music on vinyl that you don't get from a CD, MP3 or audio casette (or 8-track).

LONG LIVE THE TURNTABLE!!

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aca20031

If what we are currently experiencing is an already destroyed music business...well then I think I'm okay with it.

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