Mar 00

Napster — friend or foe?

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Napster — friend or foe?: the debate continues in Salon. I agree mostly with what the piece says, though I think the reason rock fans kvetch about the music industry was as much because it’s a cheap means of looking rebellious and independent – they didn’t want to admit that it’s The Man who’s giving them access to the music, so they took an easy ‘stand’ against him. Which isn’t to say they weren’t right. Anyway, all change now. It also needs pointing out that some artists – the mediocre or played-out ones, for example (and all the artists quoted in the initial Salon article on the subject would fall into that category for me) – have more to fear from a generalised try-before-you-buy culture than others…

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