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MacSlash: BuyMusic.com Ripping Off Artists

MacSlash reader and musician, Jody Whitesides has reported that BuyMusic.com is ripping off artists.

” Here’s what I’ve deduced… BuyMusic.com (which I will refer to as BM) got their “vast” music library of 300,000 plus songs from a company called the Orchard. The Orchard is a distribution company that has consistently shafted artists by not paying them for CD’s sold nor returning unsold CD’s or cancelling contracts. So, without the express consent of what is likely lots of the Orchards catalog, BM has put it up for sale at the bargain price of $.79 a song.”

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1

not only does it rip off artists it rips off apple commercials (the guitar that they smash that is the apple guitar) or (the commercial that is a ripoff of itunes music store where people are singing while holding an ipod)

Posted by ari on August 1, 2003 at 6:14 AM (PDT)

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Moreover, their music STARTS at 79 cents, BUT, the majority of it is 99 cents. Some albums even turn out to be more expensive than the equivalent on iTunes MS.

This is a total ripoff, filled with technical glitches, horrible technical support, and very little original ideas. If you read the fine print, you don’t technically BUY the music from them, all you are getting is a sub-license for it. The DRM requirements of the music are just terrible, and I have heard stories where it prevents the music from being played at all, unable to be transfered to even the NJBZ. I don’t know why the even bother to put DRM on the music. People could easily burn a CD out of it and rip it again. Just goest to show that all DRM does is prevent legit users of the product to be screwed out of something that they paid for.

This is simply a terrible site that deserves to fail.

Posted by Sraphim on August 1, 2003 at 7:35 AM (PDT)

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Moreover, their music STARTS at 79 cents, BUT, the majority of it is 99 cents. Some albums even turn out to be more expensive than the equivalent on iTunes MS.

This is a total ripoff, filled with technical glitches, horrible technical support, and very little original ideas. If you read the fine print, you don’t technically BUY the music from them, all you are getting is a sub-license for it. The DRM requirements of the music are just terrible, and I have heard stories where it prevents the music from being played at all, unable to be transfered to even the NJBZ. I don’t know why the even bother to put DRM on the music. People could easily burn a CD out of it and rip it again. Just goest to show that all DRM does is prevent legit users of the product to be screwed out of something that they paid for.

This is simply a terrible site that deserves to fail.

Posted by Sraphim on August 1, 2003 at 7:35 AM (PDT)

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