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August 02, 2005

The Case of the Missing Music

WSJ: Ever wonder why its so difficult sometimes just to find your favorite 'underground single' from high school in a legal online service's catalogue? As the article points out, the answer is a little more complicated than just ripping some CD's and throwing them up in cyberspace. However, the major labels need to quickly overcome minor hurdles like song availability differences between streaming and on-demand downloads as well as conversion and storage because, "Once rights issues are cleared up, revenue from downloads or streams of out-of-print music is basically found money for the labels." 

Most people don't realize it, "but music isn't always zapped from place to place via the Net", says Kevin Arnold of the Independent Online Distribution Association (IODA)...Organizations like his typically send music collections on external hard drives. "When you're moving many gigabytes, UPS or FedEx is the most-efficient bandwidth in the world."

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