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The members of the Big Four record label cartel have succeeded in characterizing 6,952 very ordinary Americans -- many of them students and children -- as hardened thieves and criminals who rob the beleaguered music industry and its financially hard-pressed contracted artists and support staff of what's rightfully theirs. But the labels aren't beleaguered. Nor are their artists or support staff hard pressed beyond difficulties caused by their employers' ways of doing business.
A quote from the story:
"An MP3 is fine for a portable MP3 player with headphones or for computer speakers, but it's not much good for high-quality, high-fidelity systems such as home stereos. And yet the music industry claims that every time someone downloads an MP3, it's being deprived of sales."
You've got to be kidding. I have a stereo that in toto represents about a $10k investment, and it's driven entirely by MP3 files. To say that MP3 is not suitable for a home stereo is simply preposterous, and obviously stems from someone who doesn't have much of a stereo to play those files through. Very few people can tell the difference between an MP3 file and the original CD. All my CDs are safely tucked away, having been uploaded onto twin 250gig drives. Believe me, the sound is incredible (six giant Klipsch speakers, Denon receiver, and a plain ol' Dell computer).
It's concerning to me to read stuff written by supposed experts that is so divergent from my own experiences. Makes me wonder what other BS is being spread around by them.