“I have seen the future of music on the net – and it works. It’s the Apple iTunes store. Actually, anyone with a US credit card has been able to visit it for quite a while. But until last Tuesday, it was closed to those of us who only have cards with UK billing addresses,’ John Naughton reports The Observer. “Now all is changed, changed utterly (to borrow Yeats’s phrase).”
Naughton writes, “Suddenly it’s possible to get the music you want, when you want it. No longer do you have to buy albums in order to get the one or two tracks you really want. One night this week, for example, I had an overpowering urge to hear BB King and Eric Clapton sing ‘Worried Life Blues’. So I clicked on the iTunes store and bought the track for 79p. Three minutes later a crystal-clear, crisp copy was on my hard drive. In the morning it was on my iPod. And it was all legal and above board – no rights infringement, no piracy, no cheating, no prospect of being sued by some copyright thug hired by the Recording Industry Association of America. Think of it as online music done properly.”
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