This book is an elongated rant about the record companies that dominated the music scene for the last few decades. This is not necessarily a bad thing; record companies are monoliths that have had their day. Digital downloading has overtaken the sale of C.D.'s, but instead of going with the tide the record companies have tried to ban those downloaders that wouldn't play the game, i.e. downloaded illegally. Trying to reign in these people is fruitless and almost impossible. The book likens the process to suing someone because the book they bought has been lent to someone else.
Apart from the above there is another major point made in this book and that is the paradigm shift from music as a product to music as a service. Music is being supplied to compliment daily activities, not as a construct that has a singular use. This shift in music's use is both inevitable and consequential. It is what the public want, and whether or not the record industry needs it, the public is redefining the way we listen to music.
This book is essential for anyone related to music, either as a listener, perpetrator or educator.