Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 18:54 UTC
Internet & Networking There's an article today at that looks at recent trends around net-based pay-for services and the smattering of paywalls from News Corp to the NYT that are up or threatening to be put up, and speculating that this could be the beginning of a trend. Of course, a YouTube video rental site and a few large publishers putting up paywalls will make zero difference to the "free internet" on their own. But if they're successful, it could spark emulation. But could this be a trend that could snowball enough to change the nature of the net?
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Take the music/movie companies, for instance. Have they offered a real, attractive alternative to piracy? Not that I can tell. They (or their "resellers", like Apple) want about as much for music purchased online as on CD, when the distribution costs can't possibly be what they are for "traditional" CD sales. It's also hard to get lossless music online, or at least a wide selection of it.

Instead of offering something of value, the content providers want to use ISPs and governments as their own private police forces. God forbid they get creative and come up with a new, better business model.

I've pretty much resorted to used-CD shopping, both online and in local stores; that's the best value IMHO.

I wanted to applaud this excellent example.

Like millions of geeks and other music addicts, I've burned CDs with CD-TEXT. I've had DVD players, CD players in my cars, portable CD-players, etc. Guess how many supported CD-TEXT? Not more than 1 out of 4 or 5.

I can do it. Anyone can do it. Some manufacturers support what (as far as I know) is a standard and probably costs less than 0.5€ to add in a CD-player (I'm specifically targeting car units here). Guess how many CDs I've had that had some CD-TEXT? None. Not a single one. And God knows I'm a music addict and how much money I've spent in new CDs.

Why didn't the music industry bother to offer it? What cost would this 1Kbyte of data incur on top of the typical CD cost? In my opinion, it wouldn't make a difference.

New editions of albums don't contain additional content like trivia, videos (exception Lene Marlin's Playing My Game -my favorite voice ever and the album I've cherished the longer).

Mixed and enhanced cds have been "underused" to a point that's almost criminal. And yet they sue for piracy?

I play guitar, I've played keyboard and I've spent years trying to sing. I've always wondered why I've never come across any score or tablature, even fragments, in any CD. I understand the "buy the songbook" motto, but given the price of the CDs, the price of concert tickets, I don't see why I should pay 25€ for Josh Groban's Awake album songbook when the prominent songs (Awake, Verita, Un giorno per noi) are all either absent from the songbook or transposed in a key different from the version on the disc. God! The album title song is not even in the songbook! and not even on the standard edition of the cd!

I've bought a few albums online on Amazon... Not a very different experience: you don't get a booklet (exception was Melody Gardot's "my one and only thrill"), some albums don't even have a folder picture...

I'm so fed up of being milked I stopped buying CDs. It's about time these stupid behaviors from the music industry stopped. But that won't happen because the industry may be dying but they're still mighty. Looking forward to starting my notation editor project to level the game.

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