An interesting comment on the potential of the online music service (called iBuy???). My son just came home for lunch with three of his friends. I had some iMac brochures on the kitchen table and I was listening to them discuss how "cool" and "different" the new iMac looked, at least on the brochure (wait till they see it live!!!). However, when I went down for a cup of coffee I ran the idea of buying music online for apx.$1 a song by them (keep in mind that these are all 16 year old boys, who have at least 5-6 gigs of hard drive space taken up by Kazaa downloads of songs). They were all in agreement that there was "NO WAY!" they would ever pay for music. When I told them that the owner of Kazaa was being sued, and that she might be forced off the internet like Napster, they all said that "someone else will take their place".
Is it just me or is this a problem that needs to be confronted ASAP?
For what it's worth, a US judge ruled on Friday that StreamCast and Grokster (two companies that distribute peer-to-peer filesharing software) are not liable for any piracy conducted by either services' users. Barring an appeal, it doesn't look like either service will be forced off of the Internet.