Universal to Start to Offer all of their music (legally) for free 10 replies

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#1 12 years ago

I thought that this was interesting when I first saw it.

Instead of having people use p2p technology to download music for free, Universal thought that they would offer it themselves.

There are some drawbacks however. You have to watch a 90-120 second add before you can download the song file, and you can't even burn the song to a CD.

So it seems to me that even though you can download the file legally, you don't really own it.

Here the link to the news story: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-freemusic30aug30,0,1894831.story?coll=la-home-business


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#2 12 years ago

Free music...There has to be something to it. Although you may not be getting it for free since some files could add spyware/adware. Other than that I think thats cool. Quote: "If someone wants to buy a million CDs from us and then give them away on a street corner, that's fine with us as long as we get paid," said Larry Kenswil, a top digital-media executive at Universal Music. ^Wouldnt that be illegal to be selling copyrighted music on the street? I dont know anything about copyrighted things. And another thing, if someone DID download a million FREE songs and sold it on the street for his/her own price, wouldnt UM lose money because of that? (Just a thought)


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#3 12 years ago

They should realize that offering a silly music download system with major drawbacks is not going to stop or even slow down illegal dowloading.

Bad idea, they're going to come out in worse shape then they went in on.


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#4 12 years ago

The current generation is pretty much lost to illegal downloading, but kids who grow up with lega free software will likely use that instead of searching for illegal ones, especially since you would be able to talk openly about it on forums and other places that might prohibit the discussion of illegal software.


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#5 12 years ago

Hmmmmn, its an interesting concept, but I just cant see it taking off.

The bbc article claimed that you wont be able to put the songs on an iPod which is exactly what I will want to do.


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#6 12 years ago

See, when I heard about this on the news, I thought "Wow, what a good idea, I don't mind watching a few ads to get that specific song I want." But after reading that article. I find it ridicilous that there will be a digital lock on the music if I don't visit their site for a month, what if I'm busy or on holiday for a long time. Plus not being able to burn CD's rather sucks, if I want to use it in the car or store the music etcera...

Good initial idea, terrible business plan.

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#7 12 years ago

There's something kind of similar to this going on where I work at the moment. Two local newspapers, owned by the same company (my employers), are rapidly losing sales (as with many newspaper companies world-wide these days). Now, as one might expect each of the newspapers are dominated by ye olde fashioned paper loyalists who wouldn't even change their pants if they had a gun to their head, let alone their concrete ways. The first time somebody suggested the word 'Internet' to the management of both companies a few years ago, they broke out in a cold sweat and hid under their desks for a while, before coming out with a completely stupid idea -- the Internet is killing sales, so let's strip the websites! They love their newspapers, and they'll never support the Internet, so they'll just choose to ignore it! Indeed, a common joke within one of the newspapers in particular was that they don't official 'have' a website. This particular newspaper's editor even insisted that stories are put on the Internet 24 hours late! Not really news then, is it?

So, three years on, they've stripped the websites and they're still losing sales. Having seen how other newspaper companies have begun to make some success on the 'net, and how even tiny little midget papers are destroying them in online page impressions, they've started to change their outlook -- more out of necessity than anything else. They've finally been coerced into allowing the websites to develop, and it took a flash new manager from some big London company with a 56 page essay and an elaborate presentation to do it. They set aside the funds for a major redesign of the websites, as well as the inclusion of new features that (supposedly) compete with national versions. That particularly dumb newspaper editor has even allowed for stories to be put on 'on time', instead of 24 hours late. And yet even now, they're insisting that all news stories put on the Internet be cut down to a mere couple of paragraphs, and only allow one full story per day, in order to drive people to their paper versions. They're terrified of change, no matter how good the figures are for online solutions.

Sorry for rambling on, but I was just trying to illustrate a point -- this is probably something similar to what is going on in companies like Universal at the moment. This isn't just a single entity making decisions that we're talking about here, there are going to be all sorts of internal politics at work between many different people. Many of you would be surprised at just how inefficient and bureaucratic big companies like this really are, regardless of their outward appearance. It is quite likely that Universal (or at least its management) is dominated by old fashioned people who fear the Internet, and want to stick with hard-copy music until the bitter end. This development, much like my employer's websites, is likely to be the first compromise of many as the old school people begin to realise where the future is, or simply be replaced by younger blood.


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#8 12 years ago

they are going to go out of business...fast...really fast.

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#9 12 years ago

Hopefully this idea will not be a total failure.

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#10 12 years ago
Soviet WarlordHopefully this idea will not be a total failure.

I agree, but it does seem the report I heard holds differences to this new information. I don't mind having to wait for downloads, but not being able to back them up onto CD would be a sore disappointment. I can't see it being sucessful UNLESS they change this.

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