George Martin Wasn't Scared of Music's Digital Future: 'I Think Music Will Be Prospering'

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George Martin photographed in 1979. 

When it came to music, George Martin was an optimist. 

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The famed Beatles producer, who died Tuesday at 90, told Billboard in 2008 where he thought the music industry would be in 10 years. Amidst the turbulence of declining physical sales and slowly rising digital downloads, Martin said it would all sort itself out in the best way. 

"I think the Internet and downloading will be sorted out in a sensible way by 10 years' time," he said. "And I think music will be prospering. I really do."

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Martin continued, 82 at the time, with the opposite attitude of some old timer curmudgeon. He praised the amount of talent around at the time "waiting to come up."

"There's an awful lot of talent out there, an awful lot of good people waiting to come up – maybe too much, because competition is very fierce," he said. "But there are more performances now than there's ever been. I'm very optimistic about the future and I wish everybody well. If they could have half the luck I've had, they'll be all right."



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