Yahoo takes interest in online music industry

By on January 24, 2008, 8:27 AM
According to the AP, search giant Yahoo is planning to launch a new online music service that might go one of two ways; either the unprotected mp3 audio tracks will be sold like any other service, or (if we are lucky) the songs could be free for users thanks to an ad-supported system. Yahoo has mentioned in the past their interest in this market, but spokeswoman Carrie Davis denied that during the past weeks talks with record labels have intensified.

A free online music service, wouldn’t it be great? I would definitely not mind an ad or two in exchange for free unprotected mp3s. Yet, here’s something to think about. Would there be piracy if people could legally download free songs?

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windmill007 said:
I think their on to something. Give the stuff away free with some ads in them and it would be a win win for all. It would lesson piracy...why pirate something thats free..and also advertisers would know there ads are being shown or listened to. Just don't make it crappy quality or anything and that might be the way of the future. The old model is dieing and fast so if they don't want to lose complete control they need to think in a new method or something.
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