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April 22, 2005
Some Downloading Is Legal (and Updates Every 6 Hours)
Amazon has put together a page of free & legal music downloads, most in MP3 format and all with no DRM restrictions. The page is updated every six hours. This is good. There should be P2P mirrors of this to spread the load around. Anyone volunteering to script it?
Of course, this is not a free-spirited non-commercial endeavor. Amazon sells digital music, both on platters and as paid downloads. The page links to Amazon's own downloads, and offers plenty of opportunity for people to buy the associated for-pay material. What I like about this is the attitude - here we have a very big commercial company saying "We recognize that downloadable music can promote sales; we believe giving resources to this endeavor will drive benefits we can measure in our bottom line." I hope they're right. I wish the Cartel was listening; we desperately need more business models that integrate free and pay in new and interesting ways.
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