Posted July 24 2002 - 05:19 AM
| Anyone remember when the studios claimed they were working on a Napster alternative to allow people to purchase and download songs online? Someone even mentioned the ability to create custom CD's. Years later... nada. |
Actually, they already have set this system up. http://www.pressplay.com/.
It's going to fail, though. You know why? For your monthly fee, you get x number of downloads and x number of "streams", meaning you can only listen to a song a certain number of times. You also get the following great benefits:
1. You can only burn a certain, tiny percentage of the songs you "buy" to CD.
2. You can only listen to most of the songs a certain number of times per month. After that, you're charged extra money every time you want to hear a song.
3. You can't transfer the songs to other computers, or listen to them in your car (except for that small percentage that you're allowed to burn to CD).
4. When you cancel your subscription, you lose all of the music you've previous purchased. That's right: The songs you "buy", well, you don't really get to keep them! Once you stop paying your $10+ per month, every song you've previously purchased expires immediately and you can't listen to it ever again.
Yeah, there's a "good faith" effort to sell music online. What a load of shit; who would subscribe to that?! It's DivX all over again.
I once downloaded a movie off the Internet before it was in theaters. Yep, I admit it: I'm a movie pirate. The movie was "American Pie 2". Someone had taken a 4:3 aspect ratio video camera into a pre-screening. They had then compressed it for download. End result?
- The movie was 4:3.
- You could see people's heads and hear them talking. Every once in awhile, someone would get up and walk in front of the screen.
- Both video and audio quality was so poor, it almost wasn't worth watching.
But I watched it anyway. I was in such anticipation of the movie, I just had to see it before anyone else. I also saw it in theaters and
bought the DVD. Yeah, I'm a "pirate" alright. I illegally pre-screened a movie and somehow that puts me on the same level with people who rape, murder and pillage on the high seas.
I also "stole" from the industry. The MPAA would have me believe that poor Jason Biggs is going to go hungry because I watched this movie. Nevermind that I saw it in theaters and bought the DVD, I still "stole" from them.
Well, I call bullshit. I didn't steal a thing, and I'll do it again if I get the urge.