I think this thread tread's on dangerous ground, so I will walk lightly.
I think that the pay download services are a day late and a dollar short as the saying goes. Had they come out a year before napster, things might be different. They might have held onto control over the market a little bit longer, but the result would still be the same. The average downloader can use a pay service and spend a buck on a song and download it, or download it for free elsewhere. It's that simple.
If the song actually deteriorates over time, then it's even less worth it. I can get a song for free elsewhere and it will last as long as I want it to. Hell, it's beyond worthless if the song deteriorates. Buy the stupid cd, it will probably cost the same and you keep that for life.
As long as the recording industry is still under the impression that it can maintain control, they will fail. And these mp3 pay services, they may be mildly successful, but i believe in the end, they will still fail.
The lack of availability is another problem. I'm guessing that you will find many titles unavailable, as many people are still fighting mp3s.
RogueMartian, Prisoner of Circumstance
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