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November 16, 2005

An end run around Apple: Buying rights to music for eternity

Stephen Baker

Erick Schonfeld has an interesting post on a startup, Navio, that's selling rights-based media: Buy a song and you can download it whenever you need it on any device, forever (This can vary according to the subscription plan.)

I would hesitate to pay a company more for an eternal service, because companies aren't eternal--not even one-time pillars such as AT&T, Westinghouse or Gulf Oil. That was my thinking three years ago when I agreed to pay TiVo a monthly charge instead of a one-time forever deal. (Turned out in that case that the one-time deal would have paid off, but I thought TiVo would be dead by now.)

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Ah, but that "one time" payment to TiVo I believe is only for that specific device. Should that device die before the "term" that would have equaled monthly payments to lifetime payment, you're S.O.L. Tough call, I know, but I think the lifetime there is a bit different.

Posted by: Tom at November 16, 2005 09:55 AM

I love that idea! It would be nice to be able to do such a thing with downloading any song at anytime on any device. However, there still has to be some legalities to this concept.

Posted by: Stella at November 16, 2005 01:58 PM

I think that models like www.allofmp3.com will be better to decrease the price of music because the real point is the differences between the laws in different countries ..

Posted by: Pierre at November 18, 2005 05:26 AM


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