Hey Dave, would it be any different if each patron was given a small radio to listen to as they entered the barbershop? I.e. each person is carrying their own small radio all tuned to the same station?
What about if a patron brings a radio into the shop? Should the barber force the patron to turn it off?
Is the above any different if everyone is wearing headphones connected to their radio?
I used the hell out of allofmp3. It was priced so low that I could re-buy albums I already owned on CD at prices that were affordable. At $2 per album I could easily have my entire CD collection in MP3 format for several hundred dollars, saving me tons of time and effort ripping all those CDs.
There's no way I could have paid $10 per album to do the same at itunes. At about the $4 point, ripping the cd myself becomes worth it to me.
Quick sample from (a wall of text written by) Edward Vox who appears to be quite intelligent and well-educated on the subject:
In the meantime someone invented the internet and the foolish record companies failed to see what was coming. The artists were much quicker on the uptake but by then it was all too late and the by product known as downloading was created or in simple terms taking a heavily compressed file that is probably around 10% of the quality of the actual music created and loading it into your computer and listening to it thorough crappy PC speakers. Down loads are shit, they are shit quality, sound shit and look shit because where is your Derek Riggs artwork in download? There you go, downloads shit I and especially if they are illegal. If you love music then buy the fucking CD like I do.
"I was completely awed and impressed by the whole process," Bilski said. "I couldn't tell you what the outcome will be. But not getting this patent made it very difficult to get this service out to many customers."
I don't understand how the patent process hindered getting a service to a customer. Can someone enlighten me? If it was so difficult, why bother to begin with?
I've seen this with my wife's business. She's under-priced compared to her competitors. We've had people who left her for one of her competitors (who charged 10-15% more) because they figured that the higher price meant better instruction/more value. That wasn't the case and they returned to her.
I'm unclear as to why people think this way but they certainly do. Of course that doesn't mean that people will be willing to suddenly pay for news, but it is an interesting thought none-the-less
No one is talking about "obsessing over the game so that it rules your entire life". They're talking about silly musicians claiming that somehow video games will dumb down society. It's the same tired claim that's been made since the early 80s.
It's getting old. Really old.
I'm never going to be good enough to play Cliffs of Dover on a real guitar. So what's wrong with me pretending on GH? I mean how does that negatively affect me or anyone else?
My wife recently opened her own dance studio and we paid license fees to BMI and ASCAP. We left SESAC out because none of her music is licensed by SESAC. Of course that didn't prevent them from sending us threatening letters. Sadly my wife relented and simply paid their extortion fee to get them off her back.
Anyway, it's good to know that that money is not going to the people whose music she uses but rather whomever BMI, ASCAP and SESAC decide deserves it.
Often, I can buy an entire CD of my favorite artist used (like new) on half.com, ebay, amazon, etc for LESS than it would cost me to download the same album on itunes or whatever. In some cases I've paid $3 with shipping for entire albums. Further, I get the actual CD, liner notes, and DRM free MP3s in whatever quality I want.
It's all a rip-off and until people simply STOP BUYING IT, we will continue to get soaked.