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01.02.08 05:12 PM

QOTD 2: A Bold Prediction - DRM free music forever

"The four major record companies -- Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Group -- will take further steps to loosen the stranglehold that Apple's iTunes Store has on the market for paid song downloads. To that end, Sony BMG and Warner Music will begin selling at least some of their downloads without "digital rights management" usage restrictions. Beneficiaries will include other online music retailers, particularly Amazon.com, which is already selling restriction-free downloads from EMI and Universal. But the labels will have to step lightly--any hint of collusion will bring antitrust charges crashing down on their heads." - Louis Hau, Forbes.com media writer [Forbes]

Personally, I think we're going to find more music artists following the footsteps of Radiohead and Saul Williams. As for the industry itself, it's going to go back to a lot of independents, in the glory days of radio payola. Only now, I suppose there'll be some sort of Internet payola.

More bits:
Uncertain Prospects for Radiohead CD [The NYT]
Radiohead Got ‘Absolutely Zero’ From EMI Digital, ‘Done Really Well’ Online-Only [paidcontent.org]

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