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RIAA Protests Digital Radio

Yesterday on slashdot there was an interesting news post about the RIAA and them wanting the FCC to put more restrictions on digital radio. You can read the article here.

I found it quite interesting; I myself do use internet radio. I listen to Yahoo! Launch at work. After using it for several months I am quite pleased with it. The quality is farily good and I've had only minor problems with it. And you know what? Not once had I thought, hey I could probably copy this music easily... until now.

It is still beyond me how the folks at the RIAA think anything they do makes a difference. I mean for everyone one person working on some scheme to protect their work, there are ten working on circumventing it. It is just how the world works. I think it just boils down to the fact that the RIAA can't accept that the world is changing and their business model might have been good back in the day but now with the easy access of the internet it is obsolete.

The sad thing is, is that they could embrace the internet and all this change and make an ass load of money doing it too. They could be offering their own type of iTunes system and combined with some Mircosoft tactics, they could eliminate everyone else; sell the songs at razor thin profits (e.g. 45 cents a song) until they drive everyone out of business then jack the price up. Now, I'm not saying that it would be a good thing (far from it) if this were to happen, but more to the point that they are just being stubborn.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2004 at 10:26 am - (0) comments.

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