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The Mighty Have Fallen...? 
28th-Jan-2008 03:15 pm
Apparently the RIAA is done fighting people who have downloaded music illegally, and are now partnered in setting up a new music service called Qtrax. It's a new kind of P2P software, and there are an alleged 25,000,000 songs you can now download and keep PERMANENTLY - LEGALLY - and best of all, for FREE. The software will be available to download after midnight tonight.
28th-Jan-2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
As good as this seems on the surface, I'm... skeptical. Advertising revenue on the site isn't going to come close to compensating for the loss of sales this will cause them, and these are not people who just woke up one day and decided they don't care about the loss of money.

I imagine they're going to compensate by tracking a great deal of information about people who use the service, and selling that data to anyone they can convince to buy it. If it requires installing some of their software, I imagine what they track will extend far beyond what music you listen to.
28th-Jan-2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Hence the ? at the end of the subject line.

I was thinking the same, but also wondering whether or not they would be using some sort of embed for the downloaded music that differentiated it from any other content you might have on your computer, and then threw in some sort of spyware that could report back findings.

Or perhaps I'm just paranoid like that.
29th-Jan-2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Nyah. Not paranoid. That was my first thought too.

"Yeah. If I was going to do that, I have a feeling that I should delete all my mp3's first, because I KNOW they'll be using the software to find out what I have on my computer somehow."
29th-Jan-2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, and this line makes me think that even more:

"They will own the songs permanently but will be encouraged to "dock" their player with the store every 30 days so it can gather information on which songs have been played."

If they're gathering information on what songs have been played, they're most likely also gathering information on what songs are new to your mp3 player. They can easily check that against the list of songs you've downloaded from them, and if a song's not on the list, they can hand over your info to the appropriate authorities.

This particular fish smells really bad.
29th-Jan-2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
That's EXACTLY what I was thinking!
29th-Jan-2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Whoot! Hope you don't mind me tromping around in your brain. *grins*

But, yeah. It sounds entirely too easy for them to use the details against the users of the program. And I doubt the average preson would delete the music they already have. If you have a small library, sure, you might. But I know the most I'd delete would be the stuff I don't have CDs for. And I know the RIAA is already wants to go after people who rip their CDs.
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28th-Jan-2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
I knew there were catches somewhere, hence the ? at the end of my subject line.
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28th-Jan-2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Guess so!
28th-Jan-2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Added you.
28th-Jan-2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Welcome new friend (and neighbor, apparently). If you'd like to be on my naughty filter, speak now.
28th-Jan-2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Someone just gave me this link!! I'm not to sure about it now!!

28th-Jan-2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm going to wait a while before considering this thing seriously.
29th-Jan-2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
It looks like a bunch of record labels backed out, so they had to can the idea.


My question is, what fucking idiot at the RIAA decided to start up a project like that without asking the labels first?
29th-Jan-2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Perhaps that was the plan? They now get to pretend that they had this magnanimous idea to bring music to the poor huddled masses, a gesture of peace, and the labels killed it.
29th-Jan-2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Good point. And I wouldn't put it past them.
29th-Jan-2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
They really ought to just give it up already. It's easier to just download music without cruddy players full of advertising. Torrents, usenet, etc, etc.

I had to read the link twice to make sure it wasn't one of The Onion's pieces. It reads like one.
30th-Jan-2008 08:06 am (UTC)
I don't trust them at all. For all we know, the RIAA could be using this service to collect information on people who use peer-to-peer networks...
31st-Jan-2008 06:14 am (UTC) - hmmm

Something there I don't trust.
Waiting and seeing.
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