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PenguinNews.co.uk: We made our own amusements then [the future of music on the 'net]

Aug 27, 2000, 18:40 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

[ Thanks to Richard Hillesley for this link. ]

"What if all those people using Napster stopped downloading Madonna and Metallica and started downloading music that is beyond the music industry's control? What if websites evolved that specialised in reviewing music that was uniquely available across the web, jazz sites, folk sites, world and dance music sites? What if expanding bandwidth and superior compressing techniques overrode the qualitative differences between downloads and purchased cds? What if distribution and information channels on the internet become sophisticated enough to bypass the traditional music industry, and create a new industry controlled by the musicians and their audience?"

"And, if this outcome appears implausible, who would have predicted in 1995 that Linux would be the primary development platform for Silicon Graphics and IBM by the year 2000?"

"The music industry, now in the control of a handful of multinational corporates, has a lot of thinking to do. Napster is irrelevant. Suppressing Napster, while legally justifiable, is little more than spitting into the wind. Change will happen despite the best efforts of the music industry."

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