Music Subscription services will make sense - one day
An article in Reuters suggests that the music industry isn't keen on subscription services, as they are seen as replacement rather than incremental revenue. Well they'd better start getting used to the idea. As music continues to lose its value and CD sales continue to decline, bundling music subscription services with broadband, TV and/or mobile subscriptions may just be the best way to get some money from consumers. And on the basis that the new music economy won't be based on selling albums but on selling associated products such as concert tickets and various forms of merchandising, it makes sense to get something rather than nothing while building fan bases in the only way that really works - playing the music.