Something's up with the Recording Industry

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Did everyone catch the RIAA chairman Hillary Rosen's statement about Apple and the iPod?

[quote] "Apple is definitely one of the computer makers that cares about the legitimate music market and has spent time and resources working with the record labels on online music delivery systems," <hr></blockquote>

I think this means, as I have speculated before, that Apple is working on a system to sell music online and the earth shattering part is the RIAA might approve. Maybe part of .mac? There are more hints to this, especially from Jobs, in this CNN article.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    fawkesfawkes Posts: 80member

    I, for one, would support a for-pay download service so long as the price is reasonable and the library worth paying for. eMusic is a good example of a subscription service with promise.
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    drewpropsdrewprops Posts: 2,321member
    You know, I read the entire article and I don't see Apple delivering such a scheme at all. In fact Steve Jobs comments are antithetical to that argument. He basically says that any copy protection scheme you develop will be hacked by somebody so that's the wrong route to take.

    I think what Ms. Rosen is happy about is the fact that the iPod doesn't work as a 'piracy shuttle'. That's all.

    The fact that there's now a hack is a different matter.

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    murkmurk Posts: 935member
    [quote] Jobs says:

    "What's going to work is things to keep honest people honest and great alternatives for honest people that are more convenient and even better than what they can get for free on the Internet, at reasonable prices. People want to be honest."


    Maybe it's just conditioning, but anytime Jobs says something like that, I take it as a hint that Apple is working on the better, more convenient than free internet music system. He's dropped these hints before.

    There also the part where Rosen says "has spent time and resources working with the record labels on online music delivery systems." What systems has Apple helped on?

    Anyway, it's a major step for the RIAA to approve of a device like the iPod. It's close to admitting that once we buy it, it's our music. They are usually not that flexible. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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    bodhibodhi Posts: 1,424member
    Licensing music for online consumption is much much harder than you think. There are mechanical royalties, publishing royalties, performance royalties, advances, licensing, permissions, content acquisition, etc. Apple is not in the position to want to deal with all of this. Trust me, I do this for a living. Artists are a nightmare about this stuff.
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