Against Monopoly

defending the right to innovate

Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.

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The value of a copy is equivalent to the amount of money the purchaser is willing to pay the supplier for it. More importantly, the supplier deserves to retain 100% of the money for supplying this copy - none to the author of the original.

Copies are not art.

If you take a photo for enlargement, you pay for the copy, you do not pay for the photographer's skill.

Art should be paid for separately.

Art for money, money for art.

But please, try to get them to let us download the .wav file instead of the crappy mp3. Or at least a 320kb mp3...

Apparently many of the kids today either do not have access to or have not heard a good sound system with appropriate listening material. An old LP sounds better than an mp3. I hope we dont get stuck with this lossy format forever by asking for this "download" stuff.

My computer's lousy speakers refuse to show the difference.

At any rate, it is well known that Ogg/Vorbis for lossy compression and FLAC for lossless compression give much better quality or much smaller files, but mp3 has gained popularity, and thus we are stuck with it.

Quality rarely sells as well as popularity.

Just like mrbill, I'd like to see more lossless audio files being sold out there. I know the name of at least one company that sells lossless files: Magnatune. Their service is awesome. It's a shame that they don't have such a great diversity of artists.

More important than audio quality though is the issue of "portability". What if tomorrow some invents some lossy codec much superior to mp3 and vorbis? Will you be willing to reencode your whole MP3 collection to something of smaller size but inferior audio quality (lossy x lossy = very lossy). Given the low price of data storage today, I'd prefer to have everything lossless, and encode as needed.

Check out Jamendo.com for enlightened artists - some of whom aren't shy to release high fidelity.

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