The Russian government finally agreed to shut down Allofmp3.com, after getting pressure from the US and the UK. They also used it as a prerequisite to join the WTO. Allofmp3.com claimed to be operating legally under Russian law, which meant that they needed to pay 30% royalties to the Russian equivalent of the RIAA. The prices they were charging were based on the amount of data, and were typically about 20 cents per average length song in their default high quality mp3 format. So one could get a whole album for 2-3 dollars. In my opinion, that’s about what it should cost to download music.
Ã‚Â I am already missing them. For me, it was the only music business model that worked. I could easily spend 20-30 dollars a month at allofmp3.com, whereasÃ‚Â otherwise I don’t buy any music from anywhere. At Allofmp3.com, I was able to get a lot of music for my money. I don’t pay 20+ EUR for a new CD, nor do I pay 1 EUR/piece for downloading songs.
When paying for downloading songs, you sometimes find that a 20 second little drum solo song costs the same as a 17 minute song. This is why IÃ‚Â can’t use CalabashÃ‚Â Music, whichÃ‚Â has anÃ‚Â otherwise good business model that gives the artist a largeÃ‚Â shareÃ‚Â of theÃ‚Â money. The prices are simply too high for downloaded mp3 music.Ã‚Â The bands I like also often come up withÃ‚Â little filler songs and I always have to have the whole album.Ã‚Â They charge the same for the little filler songs and there is no logic to that. At Allofmp3.com, it was based on the data amount.
Ã‚Â The last CD I bought was when I heard some music I liked playing in a cafe. I asked them what it was and later bought it when I saw it in a shop. When I popped the CD into my computer in order to rip it, so I could take the mp3′s to work, I found that the CD was actually a PC CD-ROM with a large data file and a small program to play it with. Naturally, the small program was for Windows. Since I haven’t used Windows since 2003, I couldn’t play it on my machine. That was the last CD I ever bought. Later I read that Sony made CDs that actually attacked the operating system in much the same way is a virus, making it un-copyable, which incidentally rendering Windows unstable. That was enought of that for me.
Ã‚Â I am hoping that someone will take the music industry into the right direction. Now CD sales are dropping, and the music industry, with it’s outdated business model, doesn’t seem to have much of a future. Maybe the artists will start to lead things in the right direction.Ã‚Â Or will it totally go to peer-to-peer networks and file sharing? Allofmp3.com was supposed to reopen as mp3sparks.com, but I have not been able to access that domain name.
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