Long Tail, The

I’ve had this gathering dust in my attic for a while and wanted to be sure and blog it.

[A]n example of an entirely new economic model for the media and entertainment industries, one that is just beginning to show its power…. Unlimited selection is revealing truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it in service after service… The more they find, the more they like. As they wander further from the beaten path, they discover their taste is not as mainstream as they thought (or as they had been led to believe by marketing, a lack of alternatives, and a hit-driven culture).

You can find everything out there on the Long Tail. There’s the back catalog, older albums still fondly remembered by longtime fans or rediscovered by new ones. There are live tracks, B-sides, remixes, even (gasp) covers. There are niches by the thousands, genre within genre within genre: Imagine an entire Tower Records devoted to ’80s hair bands or ambient dub. There are foreign bands, once priced out of reach in the Import aisle, and obscure bands on even more obscure labels, many of which don’t have the distribution clout to get into Tower at all.

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