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Illegal music downloading up, where’s the RIAA?

“According to The NPD Group, music downloading via peer-to-peer (P2P) services increased 14% from October through November of 2003. That followedsix straight months of decline during the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) legal campaign against pirates, which has so far resulted in more than 300 lawsuits.

Russ Crupnick, vice president of the independent NPD Group, says there may be several reasons for the uptick in downloading. Among them: the inevitable dropoff in publicity from the RIAA’s campaign, more leisure time for students during the holidays, and the launch of several high-profile legal music downloading services.”

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Just look at how well DVDs are selling. Why? Because they’re priced to match their value. If CDs dropped in price they’d sell like gangbusters. Sure there are people who’d still use Kazaa and the like but once the public feels the cost and percieved value match, things sell. Thats the way it works and one day, perhaps, the RIAA will learn that. The MPAA sure has (and this from folks who wanted to stop the manufacture of tape decks and now make more money on the video release over the theatrical release)

Posted by bsoplinger on January 19, 2004 at 4:20 AM (PDT)

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Among them: the inevitable dropoff in publicity from the RIAA’s campaign, more leisure time for students during the holidays, and the launch of several high-profile legal music downloading services.”

Thus the RIAA will start sueing people for buying iTunes. 

I don’t buy anything off of iTunes for the same reason I don’t buy copy-protected CDs.  Once I’ve paid for it it should be mine, and with DRM systems that’s not the case.  I’m running a PC I built myself with an iPod (A Shuttle SN41G2 to be precise) and I figure in a couple of years I’ll want to upgrade the PC, and then again a few years after that.  I also own a laptop which I will probably want to upgrade in the future. 

An iTunes AAC file can only be copied so many times, after that it makes itself uncopyable.  So what happens in a few years time when I’ve upgraded my computers and maybe my iPod?  Suddenly I can no longer listen to the music I paid for. 

There needs to be more services like Bleep that let you buy DRM-free music at reasonable rates.  But at the moment I don’t even download much music for free because, quite frankly, hardly anybody is making music I want to listen to anymore.  The last album I bought was Furious Angels by Rob Dougan, which is well worth a listen if you’ve not heard it.  But that was more or less the only CD I bought last year.  Its next to impossible to find good music because the radio and MTV just play all that manufactured crap that makes me want to retch.  If I could find the good music out there I’d buy it, provided it’s on an unprotected CD or a DRM free format because its then my data and I want to copy it as often as I may need to

Posted by Fenn on January 20, 2004 at 3:44 PM (PDT)

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