Today, Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman spoke to Reuters about the impact of Guitar Hero and Rock Band have on consumers today. In addition to drawing the comparison between the iPod and the invention of MTV, he also stated that developers of music-based are going to have to pay more for the songs that they use.
The amount being paid to the music industry, even though their games are entirely dependent on the content we own and control, is far too small.
It must really suck to be an executive in the music industry, making money hand over fist with expensive DRM-ridden tracks and overpriced CDs. It must really be terrible to know that your product still inspires people to create, think, and do things differently. It has to be really hard to wake up every morning and realize that people are using your product in a different way through wildly popular rhythm games. Here’s the point though, Mr. Bronfman. By pushing up the price, you hurt my wallet. I wouldn’t buy the Jimmy Buffet Rock Band DLC if it was any more expensive than it already is. Keep that in mind.