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[#] Wed Aug 18 2004 13:34:02 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Campy, you could take a model from the video-download porn industry: rentable files. The files expire after 1 day, 2 days, 7 days, etc ... so you could let people download a file that will expire after 1 day, in which case they'll get to listen to the entire file, and if they want to get a file that doersn't expire, they've gotta pay for it. That'll solve Ford's way of doing things (if he doesn't procrastinate and not listen to the file within 1 day). Or make the time window greater than 1 day; maybe 3 days. And in order to download the sample file (which is the full file) that will expire in 3 days, you have to create an account, and the account keeps track of music you've downloaded free samples for and won't let you re-download them within a [xxx]-day time frame, and in order to create an account you need a credit card. Whew!

[#] Wed Aug 18 2004 13:38:05 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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I've got an audio grabber. Now what?

[#] Wed Aug 18 2004 15:23:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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NS: you're suggesting that Campy should try to gain the business of independent music consumers who hate the RIAA by *implementing DRM* ?!?!?

That's almost as stupid as opening a pizza shop outside of New York!

[#] Wed Aug 18 2004 16:05:23 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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IG: Only if he wants to appease consumers like Ford ][, and he's free to implement some other solution to achieve the same effect if he doesn't want to use the DRM (although the DRM is already in existence and, as my thinking has been molded by law school, law-type people don't like to reinvent the wheel, even if it's broken -- they'd rather patch it with more law).

[#] Wed Aug 18 2004 18:06:11 EDT from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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NS, that's been tried already; it went over like a lead balloon.

[#] Wed Aug 18 2004 18:11:29 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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IO, who tried it? I'd be interested in reading about it.

[#] Thu Aug 19 2004 13:49:54 EDT from Campagnolo @ WWJP Music

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Re-Seed

[#] Sun Aug 22 2004 21:55:49 EDT from shazam @ Uncensored

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georbit, you might be right that when buying the CD you're averaging out $0.99 a song, but you can only really count that way if you really want to buy all the songs on that CD. Otherwise you're paying $18 for a song, maybe two that you wanted, and getting with it a bunch you never asked for, never want to hear, will never listen to, and it's a huge waste really.  

[#] Sun Aug 22 2004 23:14:32 EDT from georbit @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Good point shazam. I think the goal should be for the price to be so cheap, that the average user is willing to download a song for X amount of money on the off chance he might like it. I don't think $.99 is that price point, but I could be the minority opinion here.

[#] Mon Aug 23 2004 10:07:09 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Congratulations, Morpheus.

[#] Wed Sep 01 2004 16:13:06 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Jun 11 2004 1:50pm from Patriot @pixel (PixelBBS)
Companies have the lifespan of their profit margins.
They're NOT infinite. Ask 65% of the tech companies that folded went

the Tech Bubble burst.


You never worked for Prodigy.

[#] Wed Sep 01 2004 16:55:55 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Didn't Prodigy start out as Q-Link?

[#] Wed Sep 01 2004 23:46:58 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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It ended up as SBCIS.

[#] Thu Sep 02 2004 02:57:18 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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OK, but that doesn't quite answer my question ... am I remembering correctly that Prodigy started out as Q-Link or is that some other (AOL) entity?

[#] Thu Sep 02 2004 06:29:04 EDT from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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I'll give you a hint. Back in the late 80's we all used to say "Q-Link sucks!"

[#] Thu Sep 02 2004 22:58:38 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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prodigy was many things, but not qlink as far as I know.
It was trintex before prodigy, and I forget what before that.

[#] Thu Sep 02 2004 23:02:01 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Quantum Link became AOL.

[#] Fri Sep 03 2004 00:59:21 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Thanks, Ragnar. Now, whatever happened to CompuServe?

[#] Fri Sep 03 2004 07:24:09 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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AOL bought CompuServe, and continues to run it, to this day, under its old name, with much of the same service.

[#] Fri Sep 03 2004 05:06:27 EDT from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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AOL bought Compu$uck and dismantled it. Where are you going with this?

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