Who's Killing The Music Industry Now? Video Games!

Music sales have been on the decline for years—even if that decline seems to be slowing—with record executives citing illegal filesharing and downloading as one of the root causes for the downturn.

But are all those Sam Goody's closing and executives whining over just the rampant illegal downloading, not purchasing, of music? The Guardian argues that video game spending is contributing to, if not causing, the commercial music industry's woes.

At least in the UK, video game spending has risen from £1.18 billion in 1999 to £4.03 billion in 2008, as music sales sank from £1.94 billion to £1.31 billion. The Guardian argues that those of us disposing of our income are happier to dispose of it on a forty hour game than on four CDs—or on a game in which we can play the music we love. The publication also throws DVD spending into the mix, but the rise in sales there isn't as dramatic.

Last time I purchased a CD? About six months ago.

Are downloads really killing the music industry? Or is it something else? [Guardian - thanks, Stephen!]


    Last CD I purchased? Jesus uuuuuuuuumm...The Offspring - Splinter and only cause my net was down lol.

    i havent bought a cd in about 6 years. i sit here looking at my current gaming collection which i started in Nov 07 and i kid you not there is at least $8000 worth of consoles/games/accessories. that is not including the 50" plasma i bought pretty much specifically for my gaming entertainment. so if we throw that into the mix we are at about $13000 spent in 2.5 years on gaming. i wont include any of my pc's or notebooks as i dont use them for gaming. lucky for that! cause that would take the price over $20000.
    wow i spend way too much on junk!


    Wow so they pulled in gamers to say we're ruining music. What? So can i blame football clubs for ruining the soccer coach on the other teams grandomther in law?

    This doesn't even make sense we cant be the problem if we're not involved *cough* weeeell... *cough*

    -Wtf?, Chris

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