Quick hits: around the music industry

If you haven’t been keeping up on the state of the industry lately, well … Mark Cuban calls it the definition of insanity.

Legal music downloads are up, and the BBC presented evidence that downloaded songs lead to sales. But that hasn’t stopped U.S. authorities from continuing their crackdown on piracy (with the help of a new privacy czar). Despite their efforts and the RIAA’s grassroots movement, it’s apparently too late — file-sharing has already claimed our youth’s morality. We can at least rejoice in the possible death of payola, and that digital music technology has moved beyond a five foot stack of punchcards.