March 17th, 2003, 08:51 PM
Digital Download Day - Direct Connect
Digital Download Day Europe 2003
Digital Download Day is an initiative by - amongst others - record companies Sony, Warner and Universal to solve the growing piracy-problem. What's it about?
For only 5 Euro, you'll get access to a database containing about 150,000 songs from 8,500 artists. Each song will cost you 16 Eurocent. All you have to do is register at their site (by filling in your e-mail addy) and select your preferred music download service. You'll receive further instructions a couple of days before Digital Download Day.
For one reason or another, the exact date depends on what country you live in - probably to spread server-hits - UK: April 9th; France: March 21; Germany: April 9th; Spain: March 21; The Netherlands: April 2nd; Italy: April 2nd).
A very nice initiative if you ask me (maybe indeed 'The Future of Music' as they call it themselves)... although their motivation ("to solve the piracy-problem") may be a little naive. If this will be the future of music though (16 cents a song sounds fair to me), I'm all for it.
While we're on the subject of piracy... KaZaA and iMesh are done: here's Direct Connect.
Direct Connect is the brainchild of a couple of open source-adepts. Entering one of their 'hubs' comes with a price though: most hubs check how many data you have to offer. Minima start at 1 Gig, but most of them require you to share 20, 40, 60 or even 100 Gig... The contents: MP3's, DivX, games,... Legal? Of course not.
I did a little test: right now, KaZaA has 4,597,000 users, sharing 6,626 terabyte. Direct Connect right now has 'only' 165,450 users, sharing an astonishing 7,045 terabyte. This means a Direct Connect user shares more than 40 Gig on average...
Immoral? Or just another example of how internet users don't want to be controlled and are always one step ahead?
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March 17th, 2003, 09:14 PM
Hahaha.....I agree that does sound a little (okay...a lot) naive. Not a bad idea at all -- sounds fair to me. If that was the only way I could get mp3's I wouldn't complain. One thing I was wondering, though......I looked at the links you supplied and I didn't see any indication of a download list. It seems so often that the one song that I'm just dying to have can't be found anywhere. I think having access to a list of available downloads before signing up might be a good idea.
although their motivation ("to solve the piracy-problem") may be a little naive. If this will be the future of music though (16 cents a song sounds fair to me), I'm all for it.