Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: Napster Business Model

Author:Seth Gordon
Posted:6/28/2000; 8:20:37 AM
Topic:Napster Business Model
Msg #:18215 (In response to 18206)
Prev/Next:18214 / 18216

Even if you toss in the requirement of internet access? If media were serialized and authenticated on each use?

Someone could simply grab the bits off the wire as they were coming in, and then reverse-engineer the authentication scheme.

Of course, if the size of a download were large enough, users might rather pay the studio for a license-to-download than keep copies on a hard drive or CD-R. Maybe AOL/TW should distribute digital music in a format that soaks up as much bandwidth as possible for the sake of providing a Superior Listening Experience, and then convince everyone to buy enough expensive stereo equipment to properly appreciate it.

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