Many music industry executives who are trying to offset falling CD sales love the sound of "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band."
The video games have millions of followers who memorize the notes of songs so they can jam along, and they often buy the original version of their favorites. In addition to publicity, the record labels get licensing fees from game publishers. But not all music industry executives are singing "hallelujah."
Edgar Bronfman Jr., the chairman and chief executive of Warner Music Group Corp., recently grumbled that the record labels deserved a bigger piece of the spoils from the games' success.