See Things Differently
Michael Robertson, founder of MP3.com, MyMp3.com and AnywhereCD is a true entrepreneur. His latest venture, AnywhereCD, sold physical CD’s, but when you bought one you also got access to a full set of MP3’s at 192. Sounds logical, right? After all, as soon as you get the album, you can rip it yourself – all they were doing was saving you time and assuring some quality. The ‘Anywhere’ part was because the MP3’s were stored in a locker – the thinking being that wherever you go you can access your locker and listen to the tracks. After all, there is nothing to stop you uploading your files to a shared file host or a dozen other ‘locker’ services. But AnywhereCD is going out of business because it couldn’t get licenses from the Majors (it did actually get a license from Warners who then withdrew it).
This blog thinks Major label bashing is too easy – our only comment is whilst they make decisions like the one described above, then it’s more work for me and anyone with even the slightest sense that the music world has changed.