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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 16 July 2001

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: John Ross
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Copyprotected CDs

I suspect the much vaunted CD copy protection by the industry and
Micro$oft is already a dead duck. I was recently putting together a
compilation disc and struck two tracks that would not copy. They'd get
part way through the extraction process and crash out to an error. (I
think my son had been using the CDs as beer coasters). They played just
fine, couldn't hear any distortion at the point where the data transfer
bombed. No problem, just play the discs and record the music.
SoundRecorder(Mac) takes anything that comes through the audio input and
saves it as an AIFF file that drops directly into the CD burn playlist.
No-one can pick which tracks were DDD and which were DAD, well, maybe
audiophiles with gold-plated eardrums could but, hey, they wouldn't defile
their ears listening to CDs anyway. My son normally listens to music at
120dB in a car with dodgy mufflers.

From: Dominic
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Technology and change

Once again, I see something repeating: technology is moving
faster than people.

The type of business models that are involved for selling
music over the Net are too different in character to
today's one.

I don't a know a businessman that likes what he may have to
adjust to. I have some friends in the teens who are happy
take on the new business environment. They are set in the
ways and have open minds. Nor do they have any emotional
investments in the industry. They don't own territory.

In the meantime, I shall just watch life walk by, enjoying
what freebies come my way.

From: David Annett
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Buying music

If they want my money it has to be MP3 format and less $1 a
track. Simple.

From: Philip S
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Pay for an mp3??

When it comes down to it, why pay when you can get the
exact same thing for free? Sure 'supposedly' its not right
and you should pay, but if people can get them for free,
they will.
Everyone is saying no napster = no piracy (or at least the
likes of Sony etc are). What they do not realise is that
napster wasn't that big and great, sure it was easy but if
you know how, jump onto irc into Undernet and join one of
the mp3 channels there (eg #mp3passion being one of the
biggest). You will find that basically anything you want is
There are heaps of other programs similar to napster, just
have a look around and you will see that there are hundreds
that you can download from.
And as John Ross also said, they are trying to copy protect
music...think about it, that is the silliest thing I have
ever heard. You can very easily hook your stereo up to your
computer into the mic plug and record songs, I used to do
it with a vcr to get quotes off movies.
You cannot copy protect sound.

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