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Music on Demand

Listen to your favorite artist and songs without using MP3s
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I love MP3s, I think its one of the greatest inventions ever for my entertainment needs. I aslo like the invention of satellite music providers like XM, that will allow us to lsiten to any type of music anywhere in the world.

My idea:

A company that allow people to listen to their favorite artist without using a MP3 player and other data storage devices. This how it would work. A user would type in the name of the artist and song they requested to hear by using the player which is connected to the internet. The user would use the player to listen to the songs they requested. this would have to be connected to a broadband connection.

adp9, Aug 20 2001

researchers reveal how they bypassed digital watermarks http://dailynews.ya...816/tc/12856_1.html
[mihali, Aug 20 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

'THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR MUSIC' http://www.wgms.com...s_popularmusic.shtm
Criteria unspecified. [angel, Aug 20 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       Your explanation doesn't actually explain how your idea works. Where is the data stored? How is it accessed? How is paid for? What is this "player?" Who will design and develop it? Who will administer all this? Etc, etc, etc.   

       Music doesn't just live in some sort of Internet ether.   

       And I don't expect someone to put every recorded piece of music on the Internet and simply give it to me because I want it.   

snarfyguy, Aug 20 2001

       snarfyguy, presumably the company that adp9 mentions would be storing the data and dealing with royalties. I can see this working as a sort of subscription service --- I'd pay $X/month for access to the music database, or perhaps I'd pay a fee per listen. In fact, isn't this pretty close to what mp3.com was trying to do originally?
wiml, Aug 20 2001

       I don't think this is a WIBNI and I don't think it's Baked in quite the way adp9 is talking about it... not quite yet. Radio doesn't let you select what you want to listen to, and the idea here lies in not having to store the data. I don't know much about streaming video or audio on the Internet but I'm sure that sooner or later this will be viable to the level of quality we'd want. Any techies care to explain the baking process, here?   

       Also, it's a heck of a lot easier to type in a track title than it is to walk down to the shops and buy the single, or even order it online and wait for however long. You could easily build up your playlist as you go and eventually just select your current songs from the Favourites on the player - which would presumably be one of those palm-top cum mobile-phone cum player jobs - but not storing the songs themselves, just the links to them.   

Whether you'd want to do this or not is another matter. I can see the appeal for the distributors in renting rather than selling and I'm sure Metallicock would love to charge their beloved fans royalties for every single time they even hum the tune in their head. Ditch CD's and MP3's - far too easy to copy. What the big corporgs want is a nice encryptable data format with dedicated players that don't allow you to record at all. And, hey, then all the Concerned Mothers of Amerika (UK branch opening soon) will be able to force censorship on all these providers just like on radio, so that we'll no longer be able to hear the songs as they're meant to be heard at all - and pay through the nose for the privilege. <mumble mumble Wheatus mumble Teenage Dirtbag mumble 'gun to school' line mumble missing the whole *blank*ing point mumble> No, this ain't a WIBNI in my book. Unless the N stands for Nasty.</rant>

       Sorry if that sounds mean, adp9, but I think your idea is too *blank* feasible... scarily so.
Guy Fox, Aug 20 2001

       If memory serves correctly - Charlie Pride is the 1st Country Western Artist to embrace encrypted format - As If anyone wanted to hear it as performed by him - even for free. As it stands, there seems to always be a way around copy-protected media.
thumbwax, Aug 20 2001

       I for one will *not* be staying up nights trying to decrypt Country & Western.
angel, Aug 20 2001

       Meeeeeeeeeeeeeee neeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiither
thumbwax, Aug 20 2001

       speaking of encryption, it's not so great either. the industry's "secure digital music initiative" isn't so secure anymore. see link for the story.
mihali, Aug 20 2001

       To better explain my idea:   

       Just for explanation sake the company is called "streamaudio" and the player is called "streamplayer"   

       1. The audio is stored on streamaudio's servers   

       2 The music is accessed by using the streamplayer that is connected to a braodband connection.   

       3.It would be a monthly fee ($10) you can access how many songs you want.   

       4. The streamplayer, with the use of the controller you can type in the name of the artist and song. Because the song is already in stramaudio's servers (copyrighted songs) you are sure to recieve a high quality song. The music will be streaming, but users will have the option to create a playlist that they can save songs on the streamplayer hard drive. The player will also allow users to transfer the songs they save to a mp3 player device.   

       Basically is like a radio station that allow you to select the songs you want to hear all the time.
adp9, Aug 20 2001

       UnnaBubba: Where did you hear that the most popular music in the world is Country & Western?
Aristotle, Aug 20 2001

       Perhaps it's the same world in which the World Series is played.
-alx, Aug 20 2001

       Fortunately, it seems that C & W is *not* the World's most popular music. (See link.)
angel, Aug 20 2001

       So the issue is less a new format or player or even provider than legal/distribution/licensing. If a company like mp3.com or even Napster or a clone can obtain deals with the music industry to legally distribute, everything else (OpenNap protocol, Winamp) is basically in place.
jabbers, Aug 20 2001


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