Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info

MMD > Archives > December 1998 > 1998.12.11 > 03Prev  Next


MPEG MP3 Music on the Internet
By Steve McCollum

See Brian Livingston's article in the Dec. 7 InfoWorld.  Here is
a link:

  http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayNew.pl?/livingst/livingst.htm

Quoting briefly from the article:

> Windows software could render your audio CDs obsolete
>
> Stop! Don't buy another audio CD until you have read the rest of
> this column.  Windows software is making big changes in the way
> we buy, store, and play back music in our offices and homes.
>
> The force behind this change is a music compression standard known
> as MP3.  With the growth of the Internet, musicians around the world
> who don't have a contract with a recording label are converting their
> best tunes to the digital MP3 format and distributing them free as
> a method of promotion. ...

Thousands of such songs are now available on the Web.  Anyone can
play these selections on any multimedia computer equipped with speakers
and software, such as the Microsoft Media Player that comes with
Windows 98.

This underground music movement might have remained unknown to most
consumers if it weren't for a lawsuit filed by the Recording Industry
Association of America (RIAA).  The suit, filed against San Jose,
Calif.-based Diamond Multimedia, was an attempt to stop Diamond from
distributing a $200 pager-size MP3 player called Rio.

Using a parallel port adapter (with a pass-through for a printer), you
download MP3 files from a PC into Rio's memory.  The device plays an
hour or two of music through headphones or speakers.  It's the ultimate
in portable music enjoyment.

Steve McCollum

 [ It seems inevitable that the technology to store and transport
 [ music is getting cheaper and cheaper.  Doomsday seers predicted
 [ economic peril for the recording industry when the consumer elec-
 [ tronics industry first brought us portable 78-rpm disc recorders
 [ and wire recorders (remember them?!), followed by magnetic tape
 [ and Philips cassette recorders, and so on.
 [
 [ This is just the next generation of recording and Internet
 [ technology to arrive.  I don't consider it evil, and I hope
 [ RIAA loses this lawsuit, bigtime -- I think it's frivolous.
 [
 [ I do hope that the coming micro-commerce transactions can address
 [ the royalty fee issues satisfactorily, so that a wider amount of
 [ material is on the 'net.  The underground isn't a threat if you
 [ can buy the music legitimately, at a reasonable price.
 [
 [ It seems that the record stores better get involved in this pro-
 [ actively or they are going to be like the dinosaurs: extinct !
 [
 [ Jody


(Message sent Thu 10 Dec 1998, 17:11:30 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

Key Words in Subject:  Internet, MP3, MPEG, Music

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   


Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google



CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2018 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

                                                       
Translate This Page

. .