There's a growing suspicion that the promise of the Internet is to eliminate the need for distributors and publishers entirely. When anybody can publish to everybody for cheap, and when the googles of the world can play matchmaker, what purpose do the weasels in the middle serve? They only drag us down.
Futher, it's oft speculated that the mental inertia and impotent flailing of the content giants will only speed along their timely demise. I'm generally skeptical of this claim, though. These are the brilliant businessmen who built the most powerful industry on the planet. They're bound to catch the cluetrain eventually, right?
- Consolidate the major labels (from five to three) to reduce overhead; and
- Reduce the total number of artists signed, so they can "focus their bets more".
So the problem, as they see it, is that there's too much creativity out there, really, and it's just
holding them back. *cough*