to the Dark Ages?
Posted by netwebly
It seems Emusic isn't the only digital music provider
displeased with the impact Napster is having on business. MP3.com is in
dark mood as well. In a lengthy
editorial posted on the company's web site November 9th, the digital music
provider lashed out against Napster and other file sharing services, arguing
that peer to peer technology isn't up to the task of delivering music
to Net audiences.
In a detailed blow by blow critique of the Napster model, perhaps intended
as much for investors as for the digital music fans who gather at the
site, the company revealed the extent of its frustration with the Napster
The posting argues that only companies with centralized distribution systems
- read companies like MP3.com - are capable of serving up music to the
are overlooking ...[the]...fundamental facts and jumping on the P2P bandwagon.
The claims that Napster-like software will revolutionize music delivery
The statement goes on to cite factors the recording industry and artists
opposed to Napster have made much of over the past year.
"Distributing ... responsibility to thousands or tens of thousands
of random machines makes it impossible to assure the quality of the music
or the speed of service."
course, MP3.com has a great deal to loose if services like Napster and
Gnutella ever attain legitimacy.The company has invested an amazing amount
of money to develop an infrastructure capable of handling pretty much
anything the Net throws at it. A legal Napster or a label-friendly Gnutella
could fatally handicap MP3.com's efforts to become the site people think
of when they think of music.
is also the argument that both Napster and Gnutella are costing MP3.com
real money each and every day in the form of last DAM CD sales and lost
visitors to the company's web site. Files by MP3.com artists are traded
heavily on both Napster and Gnutella, a factor which on the surface seems
to hurt MP3.com.
the other hand - if file sharing advocates are right - this pseudo piracy
might also be helping the company by generating increased exposure for
the site's artists and creating traffic that otherwise might not have
It's a tricky little scenario. Most tracks on the MP3.com site are available
for free download, a key difference between the site and a pure retailer
If MP3.com is giving files away, what right does the company have to stop
people from sharing them on Napster?
evidence - as if any were needed - that as far as digital music is concerned,
things are likely to get a hell of a lot more confusing before they get
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