There was a talk of Ian Rogers from Yahoo! who explained how labels did a hell of many horrible missteps in fighting p2p and in trying to push DRM, how Yahoo now offers a free music service, and how music software terribly lags behind the music scene. http://www.netribution.co.uk/2/content/view/1317/182/
The context he talks about already exists. Just have a look at Amarok:
- Context: http://amarok.kde.org/d/en/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=1375
- Wikipedia: http://amarok.kde.org/d/en/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=1381
- Lyrics sites: http://amarok.kde.org/d/en/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=1378
- and an integrated store where you don't have to buy to listen:
And all that in a free software program, so noone dictates any rules upon you.
I don't know about you, but I definitely get excited by it!
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