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2001 was long AFTER MP3 had already caught on. Everyone into music had an MP3 ripper and player by 2001. What did they think Napster and P2P was all about? And the record industry had already tried to launch a protected format, SDMI but it was cracked in 2000 weeks after release. The WSJ was obviously somewhat behind the story on this one. And let's not forget the RIAA case against Diamond Rio. Their antipathy to MP3 was old news.

Yannick, the GeneralEclectic

You raise a good point there, Kyle. That's the same mentality.

And while you on HypeBot advocate for independent artists to own their fan communication, own their merchandising, own their tribe, own their publishing, the music consumers still know very well that it's better to own an album than to have to pay to a licensing fee for access to a locker or a stream.


The mp3 is NOT the last music format, but it will continue to exist so long as the CD exists. Once the CD dies and everything goes digital, we may see music formats change to one that includes more software/interactive elements or server hosted music, and the mp3 may become irrelevant. But we're not there yet.

You're right about lockers. The locker issue is one of those areas where Apple really dropped the ball. Way back when the ipod first came out, Apple could have made it possible to redownload any purchased product onto any device registered to an account. Everybody who's lost a drive wants this feature for every piece of digital media they've ever bought - software, video, music, you name it, not to mention all your own stuff. Instead, companies want you to back up your own stuff or upgrade. A lot of the existing technology is just hard for computer illiterate to cope with so anyone who solves this problem well for the average Joe will be embraced.

Lynn S.

Streaming is the future ... when it is free. As much as I dig my subscription to Napster, I'm the only person I know who pays for a music streaming subscription. I know Netflix subscribers, cable/satellite TV subscribers and satellite radio subscribers, but I haven't met anyone who pays for an on line music subscription. On the other hand, anyone with a mobile device talks about how much they love Pandora, which of course, is free. Maybe Spotify will get people excited but so far, it's more music die hards like me who are paying for these kinds of services.

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