Wednesday, December 27, 2000

Napster's Fate

Just a really short note. While talking with Jean's father about Napster, I realized that I was truly anxious to hear the outcome of the deal between Napster and German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. I want to have the option of a subscription service that would allow me to legitimately download songs for a fee.

Things I would pay for:

  • montly fee for all-you-can-eat downloads, up to $10 per month.
  • MP3 format, playable on all my computers and a portable, such as the Rio.

Things I wouldn't pay for:

  • streaming media only (no permanent, portable file).
  • proprietary format which won't play on my hardware.
  • format which will play on only one machine.
  • monthly fees in excess of $10.

There you are, Mister Recording Industry Middleman, make my day!

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