Appetite for Self-Destruction by Steve Knopper – For the first time, Appetite for Self -Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of. Steve Knopper. · Rating details · ratings · reviews. For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and. Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age: : Steve Knopper: Books.

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Key takeaway from the book: Fun book about the internals of the record industry. Knopper piles on examples of incompetence, making a convincing case that the industry’s collapse is a drawn-out suicide. When CDs were developed, record companies rolled in money because people were willing to pay to replace their existing collections with the new better-sounding alternative.

A fantastic account of the many ways the record industry failed to accept the digital future of music.

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Why do the kids still have to dig so destrucion into Bit torrent databases to find the creative stuff currently being put out by Indie bands? Snart kommer nok CD-renessansen igjen, tenker jeg: In “Appetite”, Steve Knopper spells out the ways major record labels setve ignored or attacked digital music advancements that threatened their entrenched way of doing things.

By the time they woke up to reality, Knopper points out how they had wasted 8 years fighting the digital revolution. Instead, they continued to bicker over digital piracy solutions and were left with no other options, which allowed them to be easily wooed by Steve Jobs of Apple.

I hope everyone from the author to the copyeditor has A quite nice discussion of the imploding record industry as opposed to the music industry. It also fell down for me by virtue of the almost exclusive focus on the American music business, barely commenting on the record industry in other countries not quantifying whether this is a big omission or of little significance.

Fifteen years ago, not one record company embraced digital technology and tried desrtuction create a successful business model and equipment.

The book ends in dextruction change still in the air and an uncertain future.


Appetite for Self-Destruction

Full of color and bombastic personality, as appropriate. The part it hints at but doesn’t get into much is the extensive web of snake-eating-their-tail inter-dependent contracts between industry participants which were near impossible to cut through if the industry was to respond to the destructiob era challenge.

What’s so fascinating abo Appetite for Self-Destruction: He lives in Denver with his wife, Melissa, and daughter Rose.

Rather than trying to monetize the new technology, the labels chose to fight it. But this is just the most egregious mishap in a long history of foot-shooting. The final sections about the likely future of the business were interestingly prescient regarding music on phones and streaming services. Journalist Knopper MusicHound Swing!: My take on this book: Knopper does a good job describing this history, industry motivations and personalities behind the major labels.

Meanwhile, Napster was the hippest site on the Web. How was it that an incredibly powerful industry went from raking in the dough to crashing and burning. Feb 20, Todd Martin rated it liked it Shelves: There were several in the industry who felt that the knopler companies should start selling files online, and several aborted attempts at creating an iTunes like service occurred throughout the industry, but nobody wanted to let go of the cash cow that was the CD. The book tackles the period from the post-disco crash in the early ’80s through Key takeaway from the book: This sounds more like price fixing and could be up for an investigation.

For most, including myself, the simple answer is that napster and file sharing destroyed the industry. And mountains of lawsuits against their own customers. May 19, Kerry rated it really liked it. The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age,” this was a business hellbent on dsstruction itself for at least 30 years.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The book speaks in large part to the business behind the music you listen to.

Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

Feb 09, Ranjeev Dubey rated it liked it. But why a record company and its executives would think that they deserve the lion’s share of the profit from an artistic work baffles me. Knopper, who has been writing dsstruction the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and lows.


This was an excellent look at the battle between major music labels and their heels-dug-in resistance to changing technology, opinions, and taste over the past several decades. To ask other readers questions about Appetite for Self-Destructionplease sign up.

From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion knoppef CD sales in the ’80s and ’90s, the emergence of Napster, and the secret talks that led to iTunes, to the current collapse of the industry as CD sales plummet, Knopper takes us inside the boardrooms, recording studios, private estates, garage computer labs, company jets, corporate infighting, and destrction deals of the big names and behind-the-scenes players who made it all happen.

For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the recording industry over the past three decades, when the incredible success of the CD turned the music business into one of the most glamorous, high-profile industries in the world — and the advent of file sharing brought it destrucyion its knees.

CDs allow them to resell the same Yes, at times this gets pretty heavy into how deals were made, but overall it is a pretty fascinating look at how the record industry has imploded over the last few decades.


It was very thoroughly researched in many areas, with in-depth sections gleaned from copious interviews with industry professionals – but it felt a little patchy in others with apparent gaps where he could not secure these primary sources.

He personally interviewed many of the senior execs in the music business from the past 30 years and has lots of interesting stories. All of these addicts spent the next ten years making terrible, near-disposable destruxtion and tried to ween people off of buying expensive-to-produce cassettes.

Meanwhile, the record industry is floating sky high, which their faces buried in mountains of coke. Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources—from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. Hovedargumentet var bedre lyd.