Could it be that the RIAA is finally getting it right? Yes, they're still pursuing the whole silly lawsuit thing, which doesn't seem to be scaring too many. But I'm hearing reports of song clips for new releases padded with noise (to make the file size seem correct) being available on peer-to-peer networks, such as KaZaa and others. The net result, of course, is that downloaders have to wait for the full file to download, only to play it and find out that they only have 20 seconds of the song, or that the lyric track has been removed, etc.
Imagine... it turns out that it's far more effective to use technology to fight technology after all.
Meanwhile, Apple's iTunes seems intriguing. $0.99 per song, and $9.99 for most albums, complete with a license to make mixed CDs... everything people wanted in the first place. The remaining question is whether it's now too late, the same service having been available more or less for free over the years (sans license, of course), or whether people are willing to forego their 20-minute 10-10-whatever phone call to get the right to download and burn Baby Got Back.
posted by Max Power |
11:20 AM on this