p2p news / p2pnet:- Under our eDonkey joins Sharman Networks post, carpefile comments: “This to me is actually a silver lining. As more of the commercial apps go the pay to peer route, more and more users will move to opensource, adware free, spyware free, apps that provide better protections.
“Maybe some of the fine apps developed in opensource that have starved for lack of users will finally take off.
“By getting rid of the more dumbed down apps, users will be forced to move to apps with a longer learning curve.
“This could lead to a smarter p2p community all around.”
It’ll take a while but eventually, on the one hand we’ll have:
A) that small coterie of sterile, muscle-bound and extremely venal enterprises run by DRM dinosaurs who’ll continue to savage each other as they compete for a share in a tiny market dominated by iTunes, which isn’t really a music ‘service’ at all. Rather, it’s a self-funding promo vehicle for iPod;
and, on the other,
B) The vast, thriving and expanding world of real online music where millions upon millions of people are discovering ‘Free’ which, as has been frequently emphasised, means Free as in Free Speech, Free Market, Free Society, Free Culture, Free Software and Freedom —— not "free lunch", "free beer", or freeloading.
But sadly, for the moment, innocent men, women and children are still being relentlessly persecuted in the literal sense of the word while the DRM dinosaurs currently running the music and other industries try to bludgeon people into buying ‘product’.
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