Thursday, May 12, 2005

Yahoo or Yah-Boo?

I saw Pete’s entry about iTunes getting heavy and selfish about where you are allowed to keep stuff you have bought (i.e. Music!) and it coincided with a bitch I have had brewing for a couple of days now...

We have spoken on a number of occasions about the future of Music Licensing and my views are fairly simple: the idea of being responsible for your own recordings is likely to become out-moded very soon; online storage and playback by web-enabled devices will become the norm.  We even have some sexy ideas about how to license/charge/maintain such a system if anyone cares to listen (and pay reasonable consultancy fees!).

So when Yahoo! Announce that their Music Unlimited service is available to the prolitariat, it is with Glee and aSkip in my Step that I trundle in, only to be confronted with oh-so-familiar “Windows
Only” requirement.  Yet again, to ensure that we all subscribe to the Record Distribution ideal that payment does not confer ownership, the availability to restricted to a medium that can best be Nobbled. Oh yeah, and its only for
those in America, godammit!

It’s like the Government enforcing an After-Dark curfew to reduce burglary.  Or National Identity cards to stop illegal immigration for that matter.....

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