[Wolves] Really Free music
andy.wootton at wyrley.demon.co.uk
Mon Dec 13 23:24:33 GMT 2004
Alan Pope wrote:
>On Mon, 13 Dec 2004 00:14:29 +0000, Andy Wootton
><andy.wootton at wyrley.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>>I like the Apple iPod but I won't buy one because Apple don't provide a
>>mechanism by which I can listen to Ogg Vorbis downloads. This would
>So don't buy one then? Buy an iRiver that *does* support Ogg?
Well basically my logic runs: Jonathan Ives is a product design genius
and the committee that threw together the iRiver out of iPaq spare parts
aren't. I want truth AND beauty. I'm also a hi-fi seperates man. When I
want a radio, I'll buy the one that I want. It's the same Zen as Unix;
pick the best tool for the job. If I must have a radio forced on me, MS
Office-style, then I want DAB not obsolecent FM technology. To misquote
Ade on LUG Radio - I'm willing not to put my money where my mouth isn't.
Me buying the good-enough-for-geeks design would have no benefit to the
gazillion iPod owners who are the potential audience for the small bands
I was talking about. While I keep my £300 in my pocket I have some
leverage over Apple. At least I would have if there were a few thousand
others who agreed with me and told Apple about their opinion.
> <>guarantee that performers with no budget will always be able to compete
> on equal terms. I don't want iTunes to control the creation of music any
> more than I want Microsoft to control the production of software.
>Just because a media player supports a particular file format doesn't
>automagically mean people are free-er. At the end of the day Ogg is
>*just* a file format for most people.
MP3 depends on a patent and potentially, consequential licensing fees so
is only available to free software developers willing to give away money
as well as their free time. For the two formats in question I think it
does mean people are free-er. If the music providers aren't planning to
overcharge us once they achieve sufficient market penetration then they
have nothing to lose by using open standards.
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