Remember when Amazon first started? Jeff Bezos sold one and then two products: Books and music. After giving him his start, Bezos now is engaged in one of the most massive rip offs of songwriters short of outright piracy through the Library of Congress loophole….although he’s got that piracy base covered, too, by selling counterfeit CDs.
Now we hear that Bezos is planning on “disrupting” the ticketing business. “Disrupting” is Silicon Valley code for “I found a loophole to rip you off.”
Another multinational tax dodger trying to rip off the music business…again. This is a guy who just doesn’t get that he’s not wanted, clearly.
According to sources including Complete Music Update and Recode:
Amazon seems set to ramp up its operations in the ticketing space, given a series of job ads spotted by Recode, one of which said the new appointments were part of an effort to “position Amazon Tickets as the world’s premier destination for purchasing tickets”.
Amazon first started dabbling in ticket sales in the UK last year, initially selling theatre tickets and subsequently moving into music and comedy events. The new recruitment drive seems to be part of a bid to expand the ticketing business into other European and Asian markets, while some new ticketing hires at the firm’s HQ in Seattle could also mean ambitions in the American market too.
Recode notes that one posting outlines an ambition to shake up the ticketing business, saying: “Our vision goes beyond just selling tickets as we aim to disrupt the entire live entertainment experience, including what happens before, during and after the show. The ticketing business is ripe for innovation and improvement, as much of the industry has not fundamentally changed since the 1970s”.