Building The Ultimate MP3 Jukebox The Wrong Way
from the this-is-new? dept
The thing that most surprised me about this article is that no one else had done something like this before. It seems like such an obvious idea, that I’d be surprised if others aren’t offering similar products. A bar owner in New York City wanted to have the “ultimate” jukebox for his bar, and so he built his own 26,000 song wonder encoding his entire collection of CDs. Since I know you’re wondering, he claims that every song came from a CD he owns and that he pays royalties based on what songs are played. I still wonder if that’s legal – since folks like MP3.com have gotten into trouble for ripping their “own” CDs for commercial purposes. Apparently, patrons of the bar are addicted to the system which has some nice additional features – such as rejecting requests that have been “played out”. Still, reading this story, I couldn’t help but think how silly it is that someone needs to create such a jukebox and rip all their CDs to make it work. The internet should be the ultimate jukebox by itself – and it’s only the backwardness of the music industry that is preventing this from happening.