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How the Internet has changed the face of the pop industry?

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How the Internet has changed the face of the pop industry The pop industry is an ever-changing world of fame, glamour and money. Nevertheless, does it go too far? While searching the Internet this quote was found from Eminem, "When I worked 9 to 5, I expected to get a pay check every week. It's the same with music," said controversial rapper Eminem. "If I'm putting my heart and all my time into my music, I expect to get rewarded for that. And if you can afford to have a computer, you can afford to pay $16 for my ... CD." This shows that he has become too greedy. The Napster software, launched early in 1999, allows Internet users to share and download MP3 files directly from any computer connected to the Napster network. The software is used by downloading a client program from the Napster site and then connecting to the network through this software, which allows sharing (uploading and downloading) of MP3 files between all users connected to the network. While Napster does not condone copyright infringement, there is no opportunity in the software to stop this, or for paying royalties to artists whose songs are being duplicated free. Unlike similar file-sharing applications, like Gnutella and Kazaa, Napster limits users to uploading/downloading of MP3 files only. These files are compressed wave (.wav) ...read more.

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Record labels need to see this new technology not as a threat, but as a challenge. They need to come up with ideas to encourage people to buy CDs. Perhaps if they offered better services to their signed artists, fewer artists would want to release their music themselves. Napster challenges the music industry's monopoly on distribution. People can now download music free in their own homes and artists can release their music themselves. In theory, this could mean the end of record labels and other associated companies, and that is why groups like the RIAA are so worried. The music industry's response to Napster is similar to the response to the introduction of cassette tapes and VCRs. Both new technologies allowed people to record and duplicate copyrighted information and at the time, these were seen as threats to the respective industries, but time has proven that tape recordings are no substitute for professional, commercial recordings. The same can be said for Napster; while the songs can be downloaded, they are not CD quality and complete albums are very difficult to come by on Napster. Once an MP3 is downloaded, it can only be listened to on a computer or mp3 player. CDs, on the other hand, are more portable - they can be easily listened to anywhere, on a computer, stereo, walkman, in a car, friends' stereos etc. ...read more.

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The advantage of the anonymous peer-to-peer model is that if no corporation, individual or other entity claims ownership, no one can be sued. In addition, because no files are stored on the central server, no copyright is being infringed there. The disadvantage of this method would be that Napster would still be breaking the law, and undoubtedly new legislation would be brought in and measures would be taken to stop the service. Furthermore, if Napster could not take credit officially for their software, then they could not profit from it, which they need to do. The suggestion is that Napster develops some system of paying royalties to artists whose songs are downloaded over their software. It is the only way Napster can continue and even though it will cost the company a lot to implement this system, it will mean that Napster will be safe from litigation by the music industry. It will mean that Napster users will no longer have to worry that they are breaking the law, and will encourage artists to embrace online distribution. The recommendation is that Napster subsidise the cost of the royalty payments by showing advertising within the application. This advertising could be used by advertisers to target music enthusiasts, meaning increased revenue for Napster. The belief is that if the royalty option, subsidised by advertising is implemented, Napster will be able to continue safely and profitably. ?? ?? ?? ?? Andrew Dawson 5U 17/9/01 ...read more.

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