Tuesday, October 26, 2010

R.I.P. Limewire. Long live: millions of mp3s

So Limewire has complied with a shutdown order from a judge. That appears to be the final nail in the coffin as a file sharing service. But if you think that Limewire is "over", think again. What happens to all the counterfeit files that Limewire users downloaded? They live on, stronger than ever, courtesy of software that helps you do state-of-the-art stuff with your music and doesn't bother to distinguish between stuff you lawfully purchased and bogus stuff.

State-of-the-art stuff like:
• Organize it
• Provide album art for it
• Upload it to neat mobile players and phones
• Stream it (and in some cases download it) back to you from the cloud.

Software like:
• iTunes software
• mp3tunes
• mSpot
• Simplify Media
• Soundcloud
• Audiobox
• drop.io

Since Limewire launched over ten years ago, that's got to be millions of mp3s out there. Diluting the stock tremendously. If I go to Amazon and look at the market for a recent best-selling CD and see dozens of CDs available for a penny one more time I am going to barf.

The Digital Content Exchange is a system for online verification of the valid ownership of music, books and videos without the use of DRM, scanning a person's hard-drive, invading a user's privacy or violating net neutrality. And it is completely voluntary. When will the content industries turn to it?

Update 11/19: RIAA wants revived LimeWire dead and buried. Good job, record industry. Now, what about the millions of mp3s that Limewire provided illegally? Gettin' around to that?? And what will the next Limewire be, and what will the RIAA do with all those counterfeit mp3s that will have flooded the market. In other words, when are we going to stop playing Whac-a-Mole and move to a registry system for music?

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