They still have those stupid FBI Anti Piracy Warnings. Do the labels and the FBI believe that these work or deter people.
They still have that stupid sticker on the top that takes forever to get off, even after it is wrapped in plastic.
Lyric booklets are almost no more.
I still buy em from independent self release artists like Digital Summer, One Less Reason, etc as a form of support.
Bands should take a leaf out of what Coheed and Cambria did with The Afterman releases and Stone Sour with the House of Gold and Bones. Take care of your fans.
For bands that listen to what their support team tells them, don’t. Listen to your fans. They are your bosses. Know your fans and connect with them.
Piracy is here to stay. Accept it, and use it to your advantage. If you are one of those bands that has their music with the large labels, speak up when the RIAA claims its a win for artists. The RIAA represents the labels, not the artists.
Don’t wait for the label to sign you and think that once that is done you will be a star. You need to work at it..