p2pnet.net news:- EMI has at long last grasped a fundamental concept familiar to p2p music lovers since Napster (the original, not the pale and struggling wannabe) showed up to turn the music industry on its head.
DRM is dumb.
Now it says it’s signed a deal with Napster creator Shawn Fanning to offer unrestricted downloads, encoded at 320 bps, through his Snocap.
“Artists whose tracks will be available via SNOCAP MyStores at launch include 30 Seconds to Mars, The Almost, Ryland Angel, The Bird and The Bee, KORN, Joe Lovano, Dean Martin, MIMs, Relient K, Saosin, TobyMac and Yellowcard,” says EMI.
Its Blue Note Records label is also featuring a SNOCAP MyStore on its main site, it says in a statement.
This isn’t quite the final frontier, however.
EMI and Warner Music, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG, fellow members of the Big 4 organise music cartel, have yet to stop treating their customers as potential criminals, suing them at every opportunity in a bid to ‘persuade’ them to buy corporate product, and only corporate product.
Then they’ll have two drop their ridiculously high wholesale prices to open up the so far virtually non-existent corporate online music biz.
But it’s a start and where EMI has gone, the other three will have to follow, sooner or later.
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Tired of being treated like a criminal? They depend on you, not the other way around. Don’t buy their ‘product’. Do bug your local politicians. Use emails, snail-mail, phone calls, faxes, IM, stop them in the street, blog. And if you’re into organizing, organize petitions, organize demonstrations and then turn up on your local political rep’s doorstep, making sure you’ve contacted your local tv/radio station/newspaper in advance. Don’t just complain. Do something!