Archived report. This report was archived in 2005 and has not been updated. Music will always be popular, and the ability to access it online has also proved to be extremely popular. The ease of sharing files on the Internet, and recent advances in file formatting have led to the proliferation of music piracy. This has caused great concern to the music industry which sees the rapid deterioration of its revenues from both sales and royalties, as evidenced by the Napster problems. This report discusses the latest developments in the online music industry, and the question of piracy.
Table of Contents
2. Music industry overview
3. Online music market statistics
3.1 Reports from 2005
3.1.1 Global reports
3.1.2 Paid downloading in the US
3.1.3 Digital music player sales in the US
3.2 Reports published in 2004
3.2.1 Online music subscriptions
4. Illegal sites and Napster (historical)
4.1 Biggest explosion on the Internet
4.2 Bertelsmann acquired Napster
4.3 Napster in court
4.4 The fall-out
4.5 The reality of late 2001
4.6 Other music sharing sites
4.7 Illegal sites in 2002
4.8 Fee based downloading increasing in 2004
4.8.1 International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) findings
4.8.2 Synovate findings, 2005
5. Online music developments
5.1 Music police turn on digi-radio
5.2 Alternatives to MP3
5.3 Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM)
5.4 Spam as a weapon against piracy?
5.5 Apple’s iTunes MusicStore
5.6 Music vending machines
5.7.1 i-pod statistics for US from 2005
5.7.2 Why I should stay clear of i-Pod
6. Music industry missed the Internet boat (analysis)
7. Related reports
Table 1 Physical retail music sales for top 20 countries – H1 2005
Table 2 – Online paid content in W. Europe – 2002 – 2007
As you know, I have resigned from the Labor Ministry and have decided not to re-contest the seat of Charlton at the next election – both for personal reasons.
Before leaving Parliament, I particularly wish to record my thanks to you for your generous and constructive participation in the deliberations that generated significant economic policy reforms for the Australian community. Continuous economic transformation is a key challenge that faces all Governments.
The development of sound public policy should always be contestable. Ultimately, good and equitable outcomes are not concessions to any particular interest group, but the careful balancing of interests to create the greatest possible benefit for the nation. You have contributed to that, and I sincerely thank you for it.
Greg Combet, Former Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation