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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 15 May 2002

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


From: Nick
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: The Music Industry

The answer to stemming the tide of CD Burning for Music
Companies is simple- add value!. Make the punter want to by
the CD, not just for the music, but for the value add.
Sugguestions: Package the CD in an LP sized format-in the
late 90's Sony released a Miles Davis tribute on gold CD
and on Virgin Vinyl. Purchases of the CD version wanted the
LP packaging as it looked expensive (printed on high
quality cardboard), was easier to read and gave a sense of
pride in ownership. After many complaints of the poor
quality CD packaging, Sony changed the packaging on the CD
to match the LP. You think they would have learnt that
-print a unique 'ownership number' on each CD which you can
use to access a dedicated website for more information on
the band, discounts to concerts or when purchasing other
CD's from the company.
These are just 2 easy value adds that would encourage
people to purchase ligitimate CDs. Copy protection wont
work: never has, never will.

From: Matt
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Kills iMacs

If these CDs have the official "CD" mark on them, the one
indicating red-book compliance, then hapless iMac users
could really shaft the labels.
After all, assuming that the CD-ROM drives in an iMac are
red-book compliant, any "CD" marked CD should play in their
CD-ROM drives.  Here in NZ, that would be considered a
breach of the Consumer Guarantees Act - You have purchased
something that has a label with a certified meaning, and
that doesn't then work, so you therefore have rights under
the Act.
Any lawyers know if that would include billing the mfr of
the CD for the costs of restoring your iMac to a functioning

From: Graham Oliver
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Norton Antivirus Upgrade

I was advised a few days ago as the proud owner of Norton
System Works 2000, that I could only pay for 1 more year of
virus signature updates before I would have to buy a new
Very kind :-)

From: Brett
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: cds and viruses

as far as cds go, i agree vinyl, tapes and cds have always been copied and
always will be. i don't think there's a way to stop it. what's bothering
the riaa is the distribution system that now exists - the internet. i
agree the way to compete is to get punters to buy the cds, but many
punters are sick of being ripped off by the riaa members. used to be you
could buy vinyl with more than ten good tracks, now you're lucky to get
two. i looked at a classical cd the other day, made in the 1960s and it
was still $34.95 for the cd. that seems excessive.

it doesn't seem to have occured to the
riaa members that the main reason for their drop in sales may be that what
they are selling, in my opinion, is crap. the basic rule in business(i was
taught by a californian multi-millionaire -  no, really i was!) is "sell a
good product at a reasonable price and treat your customers like human
beings." the riaa could take note.

as to virus checkers, i would
abandon norton. try:


if you want
to pay for a good virus-checker, about $US20 i think. if you want a free
one, try:


both good, the main difference is that e-trust put out new virus data
files about once a day, and avg does it about once a month.

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