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Universal to offer an unprotected mp3 for sale for $1 (1 Viewer)

Dave F

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According to a CNet News.com story:
In what may be a first for a major-label recording artist, Maverick Records and Vivendi Universal's online division are asking listeners to pay just under a dollar for an unprotected MP3 version of a new single.
The companies put the track, a dance version of "Earth" by Meshell Ndegeocello, online Thursday on sites run by Vivendi Universal Net USA, including MP3.com RollingStone.com GetMusic.com and MP4.com
While it is just a baby step in the right direction (away from time limited/copy protected/etc...), it is a good move, in my opinion. I'm not too excited about the artist, but this is clearly an experiment by the label, and I'm willing to give'em a buck to try steer them away from formats with a copy protection scheme.
-Dave
 

Graeme Clark

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This is what people (as consumers) have suggested for a long long time. I'm glad to see that one of the labels is willing to give it a shot.
 

Nigel McN

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this is a tiny step, I wouldn't pay for a lossy format like mp3, especially not at that price.
 

Jeff Kleist

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A dollar is fair in my mind. It's what we've been asking for. I may hate the form of music, but I'll probably bite just to support the concept
 

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