The day in digital music

Musicscribe is the place to go for coverage from sg of today’s big news about digital music provisioning. All I have to offer is a link to this commentary from PRI’s Marketplace radio show. I don’t know enough about the technology of ISPs and digital downloads to judge the feasibility of the plan the commentator is proposing – which is, essentially, to charge for digital downloads at the point of transfer with the ISP, and not from the point of access at sites like iTunes (ftr, my techie friends have their doubts about this as a functional tool, but I like the idea). But in the spirit of the pseudo-bold initiative that has won the day (it would be fully bold were it not so long overdue), I offer it for what it’s worth, which is – at least – to prove that if we wait another digital age or two in the lifecycle of online technology to do the Next Big Thing, it won’t be because the ideas aren’t out there.

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  1. David Bruce Murray wrote:

    That suggestion of levying royalties at the ISP level is actually pretty interesting.

    I’ve never been a fan of taxing everyone to pay for the wrongdoings of a few, but this isn’t exactly a “few” we’re talking about, is it?

    It would require a major change in the law from the top down, of course…and it would leave the poor RIAA with no grandmas and 8 year olds to sue.

    On second thought, forget it…it will never work.

  2. quartet-man wrote:

    Interesting. I hate copy protection because it makes it hard to use the file you paid for. I downloaded some karaoke tracks to use for Valentine Singing Telegrams. I needed to change the tempo and or key for one and it wouldn’t let me save it. I even recorded a new one while playing the old one and it still kept me from doing so somehow.

  3. Jim2 wrote:

    OK, for whatever reason, I was on the walmart download site today and I find Naomi and the Sego’s. I think maybe there is something to Madeleine L’Engle’s “Wrinkle in Time” theory, because that is just not right!!

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