Seattle Weekly (via Maura Johnston):

Like the mainstream recording industry, the companies that produce karaoke tracks are in a financial tailspin. Karaoke tracks aren’t just the popular recordings you’re used to hearing with the lead vocals stripped away, but re-creations by studio musicians specifically produced for karaoke. Thanks to the rise of peer-to-peer file-sharing services like BitTorrent and the ubiquity of personal computers, consumers can copy and trade digital files with ease. This has put a major dent in the bottom line of companies like Sound Choice, which produces these tracks—and which once had 85 employees in its North Carolina offices, but now has just seven on the payroll.

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