Is The RIAA Lawsuit Acting As Free Advertising For The XM Inno Device?

from the could-be... dept

We don't normally pay much attention to product reviews around here, because that's not our thing. However, with the Washington Post putting up a glowing review of the Pioneer Inno device for XM subscribers, you have to wonder if the RIAA's lawsuit against XM (which they had promised they wouldn't do) is having the opposite effect. It's another Streisand Effect situation, where a product that many of us never would have paid attention to gets a lot more publicity. If anything, the RIAA's decision to sue over this device probably alerted many more people about how XM was offering such a useful gadget.
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    ibeetle, 22 May 2006 @ 5:53am

    XM PCR all over again.

    A couple of years ago XM introduced a product called the PCR. A XM receiver that was made specifically to be hooked up to a computer and played through using a special XM Radio PC Player software.

    I do not remember if recording required a hack or third party software or if it was a built in feature of the player software, but when the audio entertainment industry found out you could make a direct digital recording they went nuts. They sued XM and forced them to take the PC Receiver off the market.

    For a few months they sold for hundreds, even close to a thousand dollars on Ebay. Now they are less than $100.00.

    Now the RIAA is suing again under similar reasons and XM owners are convinced the same thing is going to happen with the Inno. If not removed completely from the market the fear of the recording feature being removed.

    Thanks to the publicity of the RIAA suit there is now a complete sell out of the Inno and a 6 week backlog.

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