Monday, February 02, 2004

Cheap online music?

The Register runs an article discussing viable ways to allow non-DRM-crippled music to be shared over the internet with fair recompense for artists and record companies. It's a neat idea and one that appeals to me. I'd certainly be willing to pay the extra $6 a month required to allow myself to download music. I disagree, though, with the assertion that record shops will struggle to survive, since there will always be those (including myself) who like having the physical medium of the CD (or whatever) along with the sleeve notes etc that come with it. Those last two sentences may appear to contradict each other, but they don't. There are circumstances when I would prefer to download music and others when I would prefer to buy the CD. And I'd be willing to pay for the privilege of having freely-accessible downloaded music.

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