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There are dozens of rights associated with each piece of music and there can be dozens of rights holders to negotiate with. Most people can't articulate these rights, how can we blame them for not paying.

Right on. Like, DVDs are far too complicated for me to understand. How they turn all those teeny-tiny little ones-and-zeros into pictures is beyond me. Therefore, I feel entirely justified in making copies and giving them (or better yet, selling them...yeeaahhh...) to my friends or strangers.

And you know what? Cars are waaaay too complicated, too. I mean, some of my friends are all "whoa, dude, you shouldn't have stolen that guy's car" and I'm like, well, I would have paid him, but is he like the only one who should get the money? I mean, he didn't invent that car, or even build it, so I say, screw it- transportation should be free, man....

Apple is making a wager that people are basically honest -- to wit, that if a track is widely available, legal, and without DRM, that there will be no excuses left not to buy it. You may think that people won't change their piracy habits now, but one by one, Apple is taking away the rationalizations FOR piracy. "I can't get song ZZZ legally." Itunes store. "I can't get the song cheaply." 99 cents. "I can't get the song without that *&^&! DRM." Enter EMI/Apple. You see? Because the customer has nothing left to complain about except for price, Apple has kicked open the door to hard-and-fast prosecution of people who do pass around gobs of unpurchased music. (And Apple does know what you've bought from them. I think other online retailers do, too.) Some people (many?) out there now have a reason to be scared. The endgame is in sight.
Doug Adams
Is there any song you might want that you can't find as a free download in under 15 seconds?

Are you advocating piracy?
I fully accept the author's basic concept, that people with money will buy music, people without much won't. But this is as it has been since the first cheap recording devices 40 years ago. The reason music labels are losing money is pretty simple ... they are releasing fewer new titles, and the ones they release have passed through some kind of beancounters voodoo rather than a search for new talent. If you release 20% fewer titles, as the American industry did in 1994, you shouldn't be surprised if you have a 15% fall in income. In the UK in 1994 there was neither a drop in titles released nor in income. Go figure.
Lewis O'Neil
"Did EMI miss the part where 95+ percent of music found online is already free and already higher quality than you can buy from Apple?" You're wrong. Most music files available from peer to peer networks is in crappy 128Mbps MP3 format with much of it having incomplete or just dead wrong meta data in the ID3 tags. The crappy and inconsistent quality of peer to peer downloads has always been one of the primary reasons to buy songs from iTunes. If your time is valuable then it would be stupid to spend it correcting messed up ID3 tags or hunting for another copy. Not only have all iTunes songs always had all the correct ID3 tags they also have had the album artwork for a while and now they'll soon be available at a much better sound quality--256Mbps AAC format. AAC (the audio layer of MPEG-4) has always produced better quality sound at the same bit rate than MP3 (layer 3 of MPEG-1). These new 256Mbps AAC files from iTunes will be much higher quality than the average file you find via the peer to peer networks.
Wow, if I didn't know better it sound like you're promoting piracy. I've been encouraging my 4 early 20+ year old children to buy their music legally online since iTunes Music Store opened and we got our 1st gen iPod. We have 6 ipods amongst us and I just gave my children each a $50 iTMS gift card for our family's gift giving day. This IS news and ALL the media should be promoting this as a very GOOD thing. Get the word out!

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