You know, I’ve seen whole different kinds of horrors of music. Songs interrupted by advertisements, DRM, but watermarking! Say some crook steals a watermarked song and puts it on The Pirate Bay. The watermark traces back to the original owner, not the real criminal. So, guess who goes to federal prison?
However, with the right tools, watermarks can be destroyed (with a slight drop in quality). So, music will be free, no doubt about. But! There are some tools to rip up songs from YouTube and make them sound BETTER than iTunes, better than iPod, better than FLAC! They are called KickYouTube and AoA Audio Extractor, and they are the music pirate’s bread and butter. AAE can even do mass extraction jobs to WAVs, with 320 kbps sound, with an enhanced engine option! Imagine. The world would be full of illegal, awesome sounding songs and the RIAA would have a heart attack. I’m personally all for the RIAA’s demise, but what would happen to the record companies? (No!!! Island Records is gone!) There would be no music at all if these tools were mass used. So, keep your watermarks. Encrypt them with 1024-bit encryption methods. Just kill AAE and KickYouTube. They sound good, but are they worth it?