Re: The Future of Music (was: Re: e-book pricing)

Date: Tue Aug 01 2000 - 11:23:01 MDT

In a message dated 8/1/2000 10:01:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> What has recently struck me is that the RIAA has managed to destroy the
> music industry. If they'd arranged to sell songs for a dollar online,
> they might have moved the traditional market into ecommerce, and
> cheating would be perceived as evil. Now, people have the expectation
> of free music. People are used to downloading free music. Even if the
> RIAA eventually gets a clue and moves to correct the mistake, the market
> will be divided into unusually ethical buyers and the mass of pirates,
> instead of the mass of buyers and the unusually unethical pirates.
> --

Yes, the same thought occurred to me when I read the post saying 'Stephen
King's plan worked'. Yeah, it wroked, since it was so highly publicized, and
the timing was right.

But... weren't you thinking, ok but let's see what happens if you asked the
Napster traders to voluntarily donate a dollar.. hell even a quarter, let's
say *directly to the artists* (since everyone seems to think it's OK to rip
off big companies but not artists), every time they download. What do you
think would happen?

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