Is MP3 the 'future'?

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This article presents 7 reasons why MP3 (sans DRM) might be more widely adopted by the industry. However, are these all truly ‘reasons,’ or some statement so compelling that it must be…

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Studios acheiving the graal of dematerialized music sales, drive the “future”. Perceived value for money and mass perceived quality, even if we have to live with 25% (or less) of the original sound - ah!, they say we don’t “care” about the missing part. Someone said the future should improve real quality? Is there still someone who want to listen to music via a good hi-fi system?

Who wants to buy lossy compressed mp3s? The future has got to be brighter than that.

Actually, the author’s #7 indicates the MP3 could be sold at a more pleasing 320-Kbps at legal download sites, and hints that perhaps the MP3 could get some level of ‘sound makeover’ to make it even more appealing. How far off that might be is something we are left to wonder, however.

I used to buy music from iTunes bcause it was faster than trying to find a song on BitTorrent/eDonkey/Limewire and I knew what I was getting. Then I heard about AllOfMP3 and it appealed to me - same service but cheaper. And the possibility of getting lossless music. I believe they could sell much more music if it was cheaper and fast to download. I think more people would then buy music.

“Currently, iTunes is still a major force to be reckoned with…” Really? Joanna Glasner of reported last year that more people bought KITTY LITTER than downloaded music. Favorite quote: “But still, what does it say when the global download business doesn’t even exceed the amount Americans spent to fill boxes that collect feline feces?” Her article is funny and revealing and really puts all the technology hype into perspective. Digital Music Biz Ain’t Booming:,70170-0.html New gadgets aren’t going to get people to buy more music.