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March 1, 2005
Let's make downloading more attractive
The Reg blurbs the rumor that the Cartel are trying to get digital music download services to raise prices. Other possibilities include variable pricing for tracks so that popular items can be charged at higher rates.
File this under "don't you people ever learn ANYTHING?" How many people are driven to download because they don't want to pay $18 for a CD that has one or two tracks they want. Raise the price enough and legitimate services will start to look less appealing compared with free. Remember, kids, downloading itself isn't illegal, it's the sharing that people get busted for. I can download to my heart's content without violating a single law or risking becoming part of the Cartel's jihad. But it's a pain. A hassle. Spending a buck is easier most of the time. Make it a few bucks and maybe I'll reconsider.
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