Music: Stuff to make you feel better
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Apparently no longer willing to wait for the
Napster controversy to die down, MP3.com has established a pricing
policy that asks users who stream its music using the my.mp3.com service
to pay up. Will they? read article
Fun with Math Part I [11.03.2000]
its way too early to draw any conclusions about the sort of long term
impact the Bertster deal will have on the recording industry as
a whole, its tempting to play with the numbers involved.
the best case scenario, assuming every single one of Napster's current
37 million subscribers decides to immediately sign up for the proposed
$4.95 a month subscription plan (a statistical impossibility - but what
the hell, this is fun with math we're having). Drop a couple of zeros.
Carry a one. I mean, a five. ummmm...... Why that's just about $185,000,000
a month. Or approximately 2.2 billion dollars a year. Not bad for a little
company that until about fifteen minutes ago had no business model. That
distant sound you hear? Why, it's MP3.com's Michael Robertson puking.
Reaction: Begin the Spin [10.31.2000]
The official reaction today to the news of the Bertster
deal from players in both the digital music community and the recording
industry can be described as cautiously optimistic. With
a couple of notable exceptions...more
and Loathing 2003 [9.20.2000]
On September 19th
Forrester Research announced that it thinks piracy on the Net, driven
by new file-sharing services like Napster
and Gnutella, will cost the US music and
publishing industries $4.6 billion by the year 2003, as control of digital
We Go Again
Although the details of the agreement between Napster
and Bertelsmann may be vague, this much is certain: Traffic on Napster's
servers just went up.
with the very real possibility that unlimited free downloads may become
a thing of the past in the not-so-distant future, people are likely to
react in the same way they have reacted in the past to breaking news about
the file-sharing community: by grabbing as much music as they can.
Napster Factor [10.23.2000]
polls that show him falling behind Republican George W. Bush
in the race for the Presidency, Vice
talked with Red
that results says a lot about the man who may be our next president.
Scripting News (among other people) got its hands
on an email from Bertelsmann CEO Thomas
Middlehoff to his employees which describes the deal in fairly
candid terms. The site published the full text of the message which reads...[more]
Use Rises at Historic Pace
According to a report released by digital entertainment research group
Webnoize, Napster use surged to another all
time high last month. Fueled by interest generated by publicity surrounding
the second round of the trial between the recording industry and the high-flying
file-sharing company - the number of downloads over Napster's servers
reached a staggering 1.4 billion in in the month of September. read
Law Proposed in Congress [9.25.2000]
Washington - Virginia Democrat Rich
Boucher and three Republican Senators recently introduced bipartisan
legislation in the House that may have a profound impact on how Americans
use the Internet to listen to music and which may also impact other areas
of the rapidly evolving field of cyberlaw,
especially those areas involving digital content. full
to acquire Scour [11.01.2000]
In significant news that's been pushed to one side
by the breaking Napster story, there are reports that online music provider
Listen.com has agreed to acquire the assets
of struggling multimedia file-trading service Scour.
Scour had filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
late last month in the face of a copyright lawsuit by the recording industry
and numerous problems within the company... According to the Times report,
Listen.com will inherit all of Scour's assets but "will be responsible
for none of the companies liabilities."
Nice deal if you can get one. The
victory for Napster? Not so fast....
The Napster deal, which gives Bertlesmann
the option of acquiring a substantial piece of Napster in return for a
loan, is already being called unfair by some critics. Reporting on the
pact for Wired News, Brad King writes:
raises cries, largely from inside the technology industry, that the influence
of the Recording Industry Association of America - known to the music
digerati as "the cartel" -- has forced companies like Napster to sell
pieces of themselves to the labels in order to survive"
Music's Nasty Little War
Are the Users Next?
Janelle Brown scored big with a excellent
piece which discusses the legal and technical problems next generation
file-sharing applications like Gnutella are likely to face in the future.
In the Gnutella Paradox Brown brings up the
biggest problem facing file-sharing services: as soon as applications
like Napster and Gnutella get big enough to become useful, they inevitably
attract the attention of the powers that be - leading to a contentious
cycle of innovation and litigation that is likely to continue for years.
surviving members of the Grateful Dead
the idea of other people making money off unauthorized versions of their
music in cyberspace, according to a report which ran in USA
Today last week.
Food for thought
known programmer and Civil Libertarian John Gilmore
expressed the sentiments of many digital music advocates in an eloquent
e-mail to Dan Gillmor of the San Jose Mercury
not long ago, writing:
"Generic technology for copying or sharing of files does have real
and substantial uses for all sorts of legitimate things. The Web is such
a technology, so is the Internet. So are Xerox machines and personal computers.
Napster and its ilk are the baby-steps of a new leap in this capability.
Clearly it should be impossible for any copyright holder, or group thereof,
to shut down such socially useful creations, no matter how easy it is
to use them for `evil.' It would be like banning pencils because bookies
use them to record illegal bets." http://www.mercurycenter.com
the Acronymns just keep on coming
is betting heavily on the controversial my.mp3.com
service, the strategy may yet take a sideline to another of CEO Michael
Robertson's ideas. At the July digital music Summit in San
Diego, Robertson announced that his company would henceforth be known
as a Music Service Provider, an invention
he labeled with the catchy acronymn MSP.
Eat ..Er, Download
Clearly inspired by the rumbles caused throughout the industry by the
success of Napster, e-music announced an
"all you can eat" MP3 subscription program not long ago which
allows users to download all the music they want from the company's catalog
for a monthly fee of USD 19.99. (USD 9.99 if you sign up for a years worth
of the service in advance)
The e-music catalog includes an impressive roster of bands as well as
many lesser known acts. Some better known names include Bad
Religion, They Might Be
Giants, Southern Culture on the Skids.
125,000 tracks are available through the program with more being added
on a daily basis.
other pay for download programs which require users to download files
in secure formats like Windows Audio or
Liquid Audio, downloads here are available
in the MP3 format, which means customers are pretty much free to do as
they please with their tracks after they pay for them.
happy customer gleefully told a reporter "I've downloaded 4 GB of
music in three days. I figure that's worth $9.99"
US District Court rules this Redmond based digital audio Portal may continue
to distribute it's popular ripper software. For
now, at least, Surfers can capture almost anything broadcast over the
came the lawsuits. Then the bad publicity. Just when you thought it was
safe to say the whole online music industry was a stinking mess... more
bad news. Dot com dot con
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