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December 11, 2006

Music industry beginning to get a clue

Filed under: Music,News — Tom @ 4:41 pm

It’s only taken, what, 7 or 8 years, but the music industry is finally starting to get a clue – people want MP3 files, not their stupid DRM-drenched, digital-player restricted proprietary file formats: MSNBC is reporting that the music industry has started selling, at least on a limited basis for now, actual MP3 files via Yahoo’s music service.

They’re still using Itunes’ price point – 99 cents a track – so I still have no interest, but it’s a start toward a smarter business model. If Emusic can make this work and offer songs for as low as 26 cents each, then so can everyone else (and yes, they do pay the artists, too – they’re completely legit. Check ’em out if you’re into indie music of all kinds – rock, jazz, country. It’s a pretty cool deal.) But it’s a start.


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