Latest Threat To The Music Industry: CDs

from the lalalala dept

We've talked before about the overhyped CD swapping site LaLa, and why it seemed unlikely to succeed. Services of this nature -- there have been several other attempts at the exact same thing -- tend to get filled up with the junk that people want to get rid of, as opposed to the CDs they really like, making them as popular as the dollar bin at the CD store. But a new report from IDC is sounding the alarm bells and warning the music industry that because these CDs are DRM-free (as virtually all are), people could copy them onto their computer before trading them. In fact, the IDC analyst is probably right that people will copy the CDs before trading, but then the whole of the used CD business is a threat too. And under that logic, even retailers of new CDs are contributing to the piracy problem. But then everything is already on P2P sites, which only need one person to upload an album for it to propagate; yet another person uploading Dark Side of the Moon, whether they got it through LaLa or Amazon, does nothing. If the music industry were serious about beating piracy, there's an easy solution: stop selling music. But assuming they don't want to take this drastic measure, they should look for fresh ways of selling music, as opposed to worrying that every new distribution model might contribute to piracy.

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    Mike J, 3 Aug 2006 @ 10:14am


    I have done the exact same thing with my old audio cassette collection. I actually ran the output of the tape player thru an equilizer to try and sligtly compensate for the magnetic loss of the recorded media. It makes for decent copies for my computer that I can listen to without dragging out the dusty old tape player everytime I want to listen to my old music.

    I also have one suggestion to the music industry, CD's last too long remember the days of the needle wearing thru a poor quality vinal LP or the magnetic loss of an audio cassette. Just think go back to the old days of recording and people might have to buy new copies of your crappy new music after they leave it in the car and warp the media every couple of months.

    LOL just kidding.

    Locking media into a streaming only wont stop recording it into mp3 either unless they force sound card manufacuters to stop putting features like a line in or record wave out or mixed output whatever its as easy as play/record. Hey reminds me of the days I used to record radio onto cassette. shhhh dont tell the music industry I recorded fly like an eagle back in the 1980's.

    The root cause to all problems is GREED, music industrialists want more money money money and people want more stuff stuff stuff which drives people to crave money money money for more stuff stuff stuff.......

    Got to go, need to get some money to buy some stuff...

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