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Rapper 50 cent says file-sharing ain't hurting artists

Rapper and ex-Drug (opens in new tab) dealer Curtis James Jackson III, 50 cent for his fans, delivered yet another blow to the traditional, widely accepted economic structure on which the whole music industry hinges.

In an interview in Oslo, Norway, he acknowledged that although file-sharing has been affecting its records' sales, it is not really hurting the artists, adding that it would be better to cash on gigs and concerts and on derived material like T-shirts and collectors.

50 cent merely rubs salt in the wounds of entities like the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) .

The latter has been quick at accusing the file sharing community of being behind the root of all evils, rather than pointing to alternative reasons to explain the demise of the CD format and the major's fledging profits.

50 cents ended the interview with an enlightened piece of wisdom: "The main problem", he said "is that the artists are not getting as much help developing as before file-sharing. They are now learning to peddle ringtones, not records."

The ringtones market was worth USD 6.6 billion in 2006 according to a research by Analyst firm Jupiter (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.