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Corajudo
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
I'm sure most of you have seen an article about Steve Jobs' open letter to the music industry. The bottom line is that he's suggesting that music companies should scrap the piracy protection software for electronically distributed music. And, to support why this would not hurt the music companies, he points out that over 90 percent of the 22 billion songs sold in 2006 were sold as CDs. Given that CDs comprise the lion's share of the market and have no piracy protection, his argument is that there is not much piracy risk if music distributors relax the restrictions on digital music sales.

I think this is a stroke of genius on his part. Essentially, he's putting the blame for piracy protection software on the music companies. I'm sure the reality lies somewhere between because Apple uses their particular, proprietary technology on all the music it sells, even though not all music distributors stipulate their music only be sold with some type of protection embedded in the download.

Here's a link to the letter: http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/

Interesting stuff, IMHO.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.40
    Originally posted by Corajudo
    I'm sure the reality lies somewhere between because Apple uses their particular, proprietary technology on all the music it sells, even though not all music distributors stipulate their music only be sold with some type of protection embedded in the download.


Most of them do. Go to a site like www.emusic.com that doesn't have embedded protection, and you'll see how miniscule its selection is compared to the iTunes store or other online music shops.

(edited by TheBucsFan on 7.2.07 1217)
Sec19Row53
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.11
    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
      Originally posted by Corajudo
      I'm sure the reality lies somewhere between because Apple uses their particular, proprietary technology on all the music it sells, even though not all music distributors stipulate their music only be sold with some type of protection embedded in the download.


    Most of them do. Go to a site like www.emusic.com that doesn't have embedded protection, and you'll see how miniscule its selection is compared to the iTunes store or other online music shops.

    (edited by TheBucsFan on 7.2.07 1217)

Can you go to a site like emusic.com and see what they have without getting registered? I just tried but didn't see how.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.80
A lot of this in response to the Europeans, who have started to express displeasure with the DRM.

iTunes DRM called out by France and Germany

Jobs response is interesting, as he directly addresses the criticisms by the Europeans. Me thinks something is brewing in all of this - it's a pretty bold move to pass the blame onto the labels like he did.

And there's this from today, from Norway's Consumer Council:

Norway Agency Questions Apple Music Move

Edit: I just stumbled across this article in the NYT

Record Labels Contemplate Unrestricted Digital Music

Anyway - food for thought.

(edited by Leroy on 7.2.07 1227)

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.40
    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
      Originally posted by TheBucsFan
        Originally posted by Corajudo
        I'm sure the reality lies somewhere between because Apple uses their particular, proprietary technology on all the music it sells, even though not all music distributors stipulate their music only be sold with some type of protection embedded in the download.


      Most of them do. Go to a site like www.emusic.com that doesn't have embedded protection, and you'll see how miniscule its selection is compared to the iTunes store or other online music shops.

      (edited by TheBucsFan on 7.2.07 1217)

    Can you go to a site like emusic.com and see what they have without getting registered? I just tried but didn't see how.


http://www.emusic.com/browse/all.html
Jericholic53
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.02
    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
      Originally posted by Corajudo
      I'm sure the reality lies somewhere between because Apple uses their particular, proprietary technology on all the music it sells, even though not all music distributors stipulate their music only be sold with some type of protection embedded in the download.


    Most of them do. Go to a site like www.emusic.com that doesn't have embedded protection, and you'll see how miniscule its selection is compared to the iTunes store or other online music shops.

    (edited by TheBucsFan on 7.2.07 1217)


Then again, the point can be made that since the ipod is the market giant for mp3 players, and right now only Apple (iTunes stores) controls the DRM for it, providing unlicensed downloads is the perfect way to ensure full compatibility and satisfaction for the majority of your customers. And according to this article: http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/emusic.ars Emusic is the #2 digital download store after iTunes. (That article also has a more in depth analysis and interview about eMusic's philosophy.)

I like eMusic because even though it may not have the music of some of the commercial giants, it does provide access to some of the more indy acts whose CD's are hard to find in stores, and whose mp3's are even harder to find through P2P, BitTorrent, etc. Also, for those of you eyeing to try their 25 free downloads offer, you can actually get *50* free going through this door: http://www.emusic.com/urbanoutfitters



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