RIAA Argues Against New Portable Players

Friday, October 07, 2005

By Bill Holland, Billboard Radio Monitor The Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) has contacted satellite radio giants XM and Sirius, expressing its worry over new portable players to be unveiled this fall. The devices will allow listeners to record and store songs, according to an informed source. RIAA declined to comment on the record, but the industry insider says the organization is concerned that the new devices allow broadcast tracks to "become unlicensed downloads" by allowing listeners to "file them away in their own libraries. If you can create your own library, why bother buying a CD or signing up for a subscription service?" RIAA is reportedly asking XM and Sirius why the copy-and-store feature is essential. Though the new devices are said to prompt consumers to sign up with Napster, "Why would they bother if they can get it for free?" said the source.

-- Now my question is why did the RIAA not worry about my tape deck back in 85 when I could record radio? I know they are worried about MP3 hitting the net... This could get messy.. I will post more when things heat up!


Anonymous zippy said...

Fuck them

Fri Oct 07, 05:15:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Siri isn't charging per song as is Napster XM and IPOD; why should Siri pay more than to RIAA? Not every one that subscribes want the recordable devices. Siri is bring exposure to new talent; will the new undiscovered talent share in the RIAA revenue?

Fri Oct 07, 11:41:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They allowed walkmans with a record button?
How are those any different?

Sat Oct 08, 05:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Johnathan said...

I don't get it! As far as I know, these devices don't allow "saved" satellite radio songs to be transferred to any other device, and "saved" songs are only playable as long as the device is actively subscribed to satellite radio. To me, this is very similar to the Napster2/Rhapsody model, but easier to use (albeit restricted to one device, and potentially lower sound quality).

Given all this - I don't see why RIAA is up in arms.

(And, I'm not convinced the XM device will actually allow songs to be saved, merely their title/artist for later purchase via Napster.)

Sun Oct 09, 02:51:00 AM EDT  

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