"Say a kid downloads 3,000 tracks. When the fucking hell is he going to
listen to those tracks? Say you had 3,000 singles; you'd be lucky if you
ever listened to a hundred of them. In the end, Napster will be no worse
than making a cassette to listen to in your car or give to your buddy. They
tried to set up this thing in Britain in the 1980s that home taping was
killing music. What's killing music is extortionate prices for back catalog
albums. That's what saved the record industry, being able to sell the
Beatles back catalog at above market price. In this country, the double-red
and double-blue albums sell for 25 pounds. They wonder why people accuse
them of profiteering. My double album on one CD was 16 bucks. That's where
the problem lies."
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