RioPort has finally picked up on the first rumblings of correctness. There are several holes in their concept stiull, but they are the first group to effectively understand and implement the idea of replacing ONLY the distributor in this whole business of digital music distribution.If they can get enough catalogs onboard and fill the remaining BIG holes in their implementation they may have a shot. If not them, someone else will eventually.http://msn.com.com/2100-1106-958962.htmlTake Care,Biz
There are several holes in their concept still, but they are the first group to effectively understand and implement the idea of replacing ONLY the distributor in this whole business of digital music distribution.Perhaps, but they're still burdened by the need for copy-protection.Digging through the RioPort site, it appears that they are offering a "Direct-to-Device" download service. Music files are sent through the data connection straight through to a music player or stereo component, with an access code that locks the file to that location. The files cannot be transferred out of that device.The concept of dumb data receivers isn't new, and I recall reading a lot about it in the context of recordable DVD players. At one point, there was a lot of angst that manufacturers wouldn't create recordable DVD players, because the content providers would insist on absolute control over space- and time-shifting of broadcast programming. Hmmph.While it's an elegant solution to a problem, I don't think that too many users will seriously contemplate paying a dollar for a song that can only be played on one device when they can get it for free elsewhere.Albaby
Indeed - I agree completely. One of the MANY holes I spoke of. There are so many to list I didn't bother. The Industry is paranoid about piracy, but I am working on the folks I know here in Music City. The ONLY way to detur piracy in some small way is to offer the same convenience with product guarantees and a reasonable price.Of course there is not really a sustainable business model out there to support development costs as only 13% (depending upon the statistic you choose) of the INternet going public is utilizing Broadband. THANK YOU AOL! (among others).Biz
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