“You can’t roll a joint on an iPod”
or how the iPod killed the music industry. First the music biz overlooked the computer CD rom when they put copy control on cd burners. Then they eliminated the single. Shortly after that "mp3" replaced "sex" as the most popular search term. Apple has become the largest music seller largely against the wishes of the music biz, but 99 cents beats free. Yesterday Apple announced they were eliminating DRM
. The questions remains, who needs Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and EMI, does Apple? When is Apple just going to replace them? There were rumors a year ago that they would launch a record label with Jay-Z
but that does not appear to have come to fruition.
posted by caddis
on Jan 7, 2009 -
releases his album with several payment options: $0.00 gets you 192k mp3s, and 5 bucks buys your choice of 192k or 300k mp3s, or FLAC
. All DRM free of course. Trent Reznor, who was recently sighted complaining about the insane prices
for his last album in new zealand, is to blame
. Need a taster? Saul and Trent have leaked a track
on pirate bay.
posted by fleetmouse
on Oct 29, 2007 -
"[A] recently launched music Web site that carries independent -- and mostly little-known -- artists, is trying an unusual model for selling music
. Instead of selling songs at one fixed price, the site determines prices for songs based on how frequently they're downloaded." [WSJ link
posted by pfafflin
on Oct 20, 2006 -
Microsoft to cripple MP3 capabilities
I don't think anyone has posted this yet; Microsoft's new Windows XP operating system is set up so as to cripple MP3 copying, in order to nudge users into using Windows Media Player format for all their music files. Of course, the latter is a proprietary format with copy protection built in. Not only does the built-in software not copy MP3 files at a higher sampling rate than 56kps, but third-party MP3 software apparently does not work properly. --As usual, this will not stop knowledgeable users from finding workarounds, but the goal is to make unprotected copying too difficult for the average Joe.
posted by Rebis
on Apr 12, 2001 -