April 2nd, 2007

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Return of the Sunday Sermon

A while back I was in the habit of fairly regularly writing "Sunday sermons." I'm not a preacher of any sort, although I have spoken to congregations before, due to the fact that I'm Mormon, and we don't have clergy in the usual sense, so the task of speaking in church gets spread about. I don't get to speak in church more than once every few years though, and I get interesting spiritual thoughts far more often than that, so I sometimes write them up and post them here on livejournal. I haven't done so in quite a wile, I've been busy with other things, but today I ran into an interesting story, and had a few thoughts about it, Collapse )
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Somebody is doing it!

Hot dog! There's a major music label offering high quality digital downloads without DRM! http://subs.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10432317

Man, if I had more money floating around, I'd be spending so much there! Just the very idea makes me gleeful.

I hope I'm not the only one. In fact I hope this does so well that EMI starts to totally pown the digital market. The article seems to be saying that the other companies are tisking at EMI for diving into this without doing enough research beforehand. I say who needs more research?! What's the worst that could happen? The worst that could happen is they make a few sales and then sales would drop off as the pirates got the pirateable music and spread it around to everyone. But that's BUNK, really, because there's hardly a song on the planet you can't pirate already! You can even get super high-quality versions of most of 'em. So what then? DRM-free just doesn't sell? It's not selling now, since there's no such thing.

And given that the DRM-free songs are also very high quality, well... some of us would pay the extra just for that, and others would pay it for the conveniences of being able to use it on all their devices and send copies to friends, while yet others have personal and moral objectsions to DRM, and will pay the extra just to not have it on their music. Between the three things, I figure they're going to make a killing.

I've said for a long time that the first music label to ditch DRM is going to clean up. I really didn't expect to get a chance to see if I was right so soon though.