The music business is not in death spiral because of any format... it is dying because they fail to grasp the concept that people/consumer wants to pick and choose what they listen to.
The iPod/iTunes facilitated this... the consumer can pick and choose and doesnt have to buy a dozen filler selections on a cd for $14.95 when they can buy the one song they like for 99¢.
The format has noting to do with the sales model.... its how that product is sold.. not the box its in.
> > On Dec 31, 2009, at 11:36 AM, Aaron Levinson wrote:
> >> Oh and I almost forgot those absurdly tiny "slot
> music" cards made last year (by Sony maybe?) So miniaturized
> in fact that you needed tweezers and a jeweler's loupe to
> find them. I saw one full page announcing their ill-fated
> launch in the NYT and then poof, relegated instantly to the
> enormous (and ever-expanding) dustbin of moronic ideas.
> >> And people wonder why the recorded music business
> is in a death spiral...