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David Crosby says iTunes is “brilliant”

PBS’ Frontline interviewed David Crosby, a music legend known for his solo performances as well as his work with the Byrds, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. In it Crosby mentions how iTunes looks “really, really, really promising.”

Why did that work? Because it was simple, and it was already existing hardware. And anybody could have done it, but Steve Jobs put it together. It works like a charm. You upload it; they download it. They pay you a buck or two. It’s that simple.

You getting some hits from that? You bet. And I’m going to get a lot more. No packaging cost, no promotion, no lairs of distributors, each taking 20 percent off as it goes by. No returns, no free goods, nada! [laughter] No costs! That’s a good business model that works, and it’s working for them. They’re a brilliant company, and that’s a brilliant idea. And if I were in a position to invest in the stock market, which I wouldn’t be, it certainly would be Apple, because that’s the one that works.”

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BTW, People should explore the rest of the site—its about how the current state of the recording industry has fallen to the depth that it is today.

Posted by Cameron in Irvine, CA on May 28, 2004 at 1:00 PM (CDT)


Wow, you mean iTMS is indie?!?! Dear old Dave, you crusty, drug-addled, gun-toting codger. iTMS may be an excellent delivery and music management program, and damn the selection is quite good, but independent it is not.

Posted by daveisdumb in Irvine, CA on May 28, 2004 at 1:03 PM (CDT)


One of the best interviews I’ve read about how the music industry works. 

I really do hope it crumbles to the ground and the big corporations finally cut their losses and jump ship.

Posted by Ryan in Irvine, CA on May 28, 2004 at 1:11 PM (CDT)


Re: daveisdumb:

I don’t think Crosby means that the current content is all “indie,” but rather that the business model has the potential for new artists to make it without being enslaved to the record companies…In other words, iTunes allows for independent promotion—Its the possibility that is the point.

Posted by Cameron in Irvine, CA on May 28, 2004 at 2:02 PM (CDT)


I actually caught the program last night (sunday evening, eastern standard time, US)

An excellent one to catch if you can. I think it’s available online at PBS.org.

Posted by regalbegal in Irvine, CA on May 28, 2004 at 2:30 PM (CDT)


The iTunes Music Store is now one of the largest audio distribution channels not directly owned by a major label. Yes, the majors OWN the large manufacturing plants and distributors.

That’s “indie,” and Steve Jobs has the no-BS personality to keep it from becoming the corrupted scum which plagues the rest of the industry. It rocks.

Posted by kernelg in Irvine, CA on May 28, 2004 at 2:51 PM (CDT)


I caught the show last night, but I don’t think that part made it on air. The website has the whole extended interview. Too bad. I would have been great to see iTunes some kudos.

Posted by ron in Irvine, CA on May 28, 2004 at 3:22 PM (CDT)


Itunes is great an all but ... lets face itthe music industry SUCKS Arse…

Posted by bababooey in Irvine, CA on May 28, 2004 at 3:31 PM (CDT)


I like Apple, but the one thing itms doesn’t do is increase the artist’s margins on the sale of a song. Not only does the artist have to dance to the record corporations’ tune but so does Apple.

Posted by tao in Irvine, CA on May 28, 2004 at 4:49 PM (CDT)


No doubt there are artists that are signed to the majors doing the dance as you call it, but there are many others that are using iTMS as an effective distribution means without bowing to the majors. Look at the Living Legends and listen to what they stand for and what they have always stood for. They have learned every aspect of the business, production, distro, doing shows, promoting shows, recording and producing, without a record label other than theirs. If 80 cents on the dollar for purchased songs goes to the label and you are your own label, then guess what? Artists have the potential to make a lot of money if they are in fact any good and people download it. If you have real talent nowadays and are smart, all the tools are available that would have been cost prohibitive just 10yrs ago. 10 yrs ago you would have needed some major money to get studio time, cutting a master, duplication, and production, and promotion. That kind of money, unless you were rich and connected before, was only available if you whored yourself out to a major record label. And in the end you had no rights to the music that you made.

Posted by BigFil in Irvine, CA on May 29, 2004 at 11:34 AM (CDT)

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