Here’s what CNN wrote, when talking about a new album.
The album was released March 23. Its strong showing may be another sign the recording industry, which has been in a long slump because of piracy, the illegal Internet downloading of music and other factors, is on the upswing.
I think that the recording industry has been in a slump. But was piracy a significant factor? The most significant factor? A factor so much more significant than the others that only it needs to be named? I know the recording industry claims that piracy is a factor, but last I heard, it was very much an open question with, for example, Forrester Research taking the opposite position:
Earlier this month, Forrester Research issued a study saying piracy was not to blame for the sharp decline in record sales. Its study discovered no evidence of decreased CD buying among frequent digital music consumers, noting that the general economy and competition from other media were larger factors.
Was that debate ever resolved? To the point where CNN can blithely assert in an offhand comment that piracy is the major cause of the record industry’s woes.
For that matter, aren’t the increases in sales evidence that the problem wasn’t piracy? Piracy hasn’t been solved. If the record industry was in a downturn because of piracy, and piracy hasn’t been solved, shouldn’t they still be in a downturn?
Maybe I’m just being picky, but don’t you wish the recording industry’s opinions weren’t treated as facts?