The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 January 2006

Save us, for we are morons

The RIAA continues to plead for a "broadcast flag" to thwart copying of its precious content. There was a Senate hearing Tuesday, and FMQB reports:

[RIAA head Mitch] Bainwol told the Senate that the issue is "not casual recording by listeners. It is not taping off the radio like we used to do. We are talking about allowing broadcast programs to be automatically captured and then disaggregated, song by song, into a massive library of music."

WFMU's Liz Berg is not impressed:

... yeah, a massive library of low-quality sounding music. Anyone who is capable of bothering with song-capture technology would probably rather just buy a CD: the bit-rate for the new HD radio is a pathetic 64 k in the main channel and 32 k in the side channel (though this isn't entirely comparable to MP3 bit-rates, mark Station Manager Ken's words ... the sound quality will be far worse than analog FM).

Which, inasmuch as analog FM (1) cuts off abruptly above 15 kHz and (2) is almost invariably compressed to within a centimeter of its life, suggests that the New! Digital! Radio! is going to be no match for a really good AM setup — and AM hasn't been worth copying since Todd Storz / WABC Musicradio 77 / Guglielmo Marconi [choose one] died.

Posted at 1:07 PM to Overmodulation


Free samples of unknown artists is key to music promotion. A band would be wise to offer an entire CD album, less than 75 minutes of music, but more than the de rigeur 11 songs, on a web site.

An entire free legal mp3 dl album. And let fans do whatever non-commercial purpose they want, let fans make unlimited copies, and spread your burgeoning fame.

The new share economy.

People who dl music files tend to buy more RIAA product. I know I downloaded one song by Modest Mouse, two songs by Sufjan Stevens, and bought their CDs at Walmart.

Posted by: steven e. streight also known as vaspers the grate aka CompuMusik at 6:45 PM on 26 January 2006