I’ve been out of the music industry for a decade, but every so often I look into it again. The decision makers haven’t improved since I stopped caring ten years ago, and they’re not any smarter.
The current bugaboo isn’t the cassette tape anymore, but piracy.
There’s really an easy solution. If losses due to piracy are as high as industry organizations claim, the economics will eventually make this solution feasable.
Stop shipping physical products via the sea.
Now if I were in charge, I’d address the ease of digital distribution of music and the potential for copyright infringement, but apparently armed robbery at sea is more important.