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Digital Music: Stuff to make you feel better
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netwebly goes pro
Posted by Inevitiwebly | 12.5.2000

Apparently no longer willing to wait for the Napster controversy to die down, has established a pricing policy that asks users who stream its music using the service to pay up. Will they? read article

Ogg Vorbis dev. continues
Emusic will stream MP3s
Centerspan picks up Scour

Bertelsmann eyes Start-up
Musicians raking it in online
Musicians not necessarily raking it in online

Another Music Piracy Headline
Napster for Video?
Angry White Rabbit

Webcasting authority launches
Mr. Cabdriver - The Sequel?
Bertelsmann opens new round of talks with labels

Return to the Dark Ages? - lashes out at file-sharing
Going after Napster: NetPD
The Backlash beginneth....
Emusic will monitor Napster users

Napster fires back
CD dead by 2005
Ich bin ein MP3

Aimster offline
Make money/stop napster
Seen on Slashdot

If you Can't Beat 'em: Give Them Stuff
Napster Inks Deal
Reaction to Napster Deal

Fear and Loathing 2003: Control of Digital Content Collapses
Napster Use Rises at Historic Pace
On the charts

Are the Users Next?
P3 Law Proposed in Congress

Gore Compares Napster to Democracy to acquire Scour

Fun with Math Part I.

Meet the MSP - The Music Service Provider
All You Can Eat ..Er, Download -

The Gnetwork is the Computer - Gnutella
File Sharing
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Fun with Math Part I
Although 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.

In 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's Michael Robertson puking.

Napster 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

Fear 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 content collapses.

Here We Go Again [10.31.2000]

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.

Faced 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.

The Napster Factor [10.23.2000]

Facing polls that show him falling behind Republican George W. Bush in the race for the Presidency, Vice President Al Gore talked with Red Herring Magazine
. The conversation that results says a lot about the man who may be our next president. more

Bertelsmann Memo Leaked [11.01.2000]

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]

Napster Use Rises at Historic Pace [9.25.2000]

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 article

MP3 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 article 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 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, 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 story.

A victory for Napster? Not so fast....,1367,39758,00.html

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:

"This 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"

Digital Music's Nasty Little War

Are the Users Next?'s 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. full article

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead are unhappy with 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.
full article

Food for thought

Well 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."

And the Acronymns just keep on coming

Although is betting heavily on the controversial 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.
full article

All You Can 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.

Unlike 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.

One happy customer gleefully told a reporter "I've downloaded 4 GB of music in three days. I figure that's worth $9.99"

Supercool. [Archives 1999]
A 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 Net [Archives 1999]
First 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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