SUFFERING MIDDLE EAST MUSIC SALES.

Position:Piracy is probably the biggest factor in weak regional sales of music studios and distributors - Brief Article
 
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Given the healthy demographic growth of the Middle East and its relatively young consumer base, music industry profit margins should be on the rise... but they are not. A number of factors work against the profitability of music studios and distributors in the region, with pirating probably being the thorniest.

Most Middle Eastern nations now have anti-pirating laws on the books, yet enforcement is lacking. Not only are music companies losing out to street vendors of pirated recordings, but they are also suffering from the proliferation of MP3 audio files and free downloads from the Internet.

The three leading markets for recorded music in the Middle East are Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Over the past year, sales held...

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