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August 5th, 2001 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Can’t fight the music

Napster is dead.

Long live KaZaA!

Thanks to Jason, I found out about this little gem, which unfortunately only runs on Windows. I’ve been suffering since Napster got sterilized, and now there’s an easy to use way to get my grubby fingers on just that certain song I’ve been craving. It works oodles better than Napster ever did, and it’s the first Napster replacement that actually works more often than not.

I’m glad there are some options now, especially in light of the news of that CDs are being released with copy-protection to complicate ripping them to MP3s. The music publishing and distribution industry is doing exactly the wrong thing to protect their business model. I have a portable MP3 player, one that can hold quite a bit of music (6 gigs to be precise). The device is designed to allow you to rip a CD right on to it, which I love. The U.S. Supreme Court decided years ago that consumers have a right to do this kind of thing.

Now the music publishing industry is dicking around with their product to interfere with something I have a right to do.

Guess what? That means I have even less incentive to buy their products. I’d rather cut my own, non-copy-protected CDs. The copy-protection was already defeated, but it means having to install special software on your computer.

I suppose no one in the music publishing business talked to anyone in the software business about the endless and useless cycle of escalation that copy protection involves. How it only serves to annoy and anger legitimate customers, while the real crooks can get around it no problem.

I don’t mind paying for my music. I’d actually rather pay for it. But it’s irksome that a bunch of greedy morons who deliberately keep the price of CDs high are crippling exisiting technology not to benefit the consumer, but to squeeze out every possible cent out of their soon-to-be obsolete business model.

All the talk about piracy and paying artists is bullshit, too. These music publishing business is a middleman, and it works both sides of the street, screwing both the consumers and the artists. The name of their game is controlling access, like all brokers, and anything which cuts around their role has to be shut down at once. So the music publishers fight for their money, and easier access to more music for consumers is destroyed, and artists getting more money from their fans goes right in the toilet.

When is one of these media monoliths going to see the light and break ranks, and try to do the right thing? Instead of playing whack-a-mole with P2P systems like Napster and KaZaA, which are going to spring up like weeds, faster than they can hire lawyers, let’s realize that times have changed. Distributing music on little bits of plastic just makes no sense anymore.

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