Most musicians make a majority of their money from touring. iTunes and the label take far more than the artist does.
In the popular digital realm, a $9.99 download on a program like iTunes nets artists a modest 94 cents -- less than a 10% cut. The record company takes $5.35 and Apple keeps the remaining $3.70.
How Much Money Do Artists Really Make From Music Sales? | InvestingAnswers
I'm not saying I disagree with paying artists for their work, I'm just saying the ridiculous prices the labels and iTunes have come up with drive people like me away from downloading music. So we just listen on youtube and go to concerts instead. You can buy good tix for what it costs to download a few albums!!!
And even here people don't seem to think around big trucks.
The distribution model for music recordings has always been fucked up - and did not get any better with the shift from physical sales to downloads.
To be fair, it is obviously not easy considering the cost structure on the production end, how easy it is to make copies (perfect ones these days), etc.
Still you know you are looking at a really fucked up situation when the train wreck that is the distribution model for snowboard gear looks relatively healthy by comparison...
Last edited by hktrdr; 05-10-2013 at 12:56 AM.