News, Updates and Analysis: Aimster, Napster and More
As the girl in the valley would say, "Oh Napster? That
is SO last Tuesday!"
Reports are buzzing all over about a federal appeals
court's decision to uphold last February's decision
against Napster, the embattled file-swapping monster.
The Supreme Court is the last step for Napster.
But what's the point? The new and encumbered Napster
is scheduled to launch in a few months in conjunction
and compliance with the major labels. Why is the RIAA
continuing litigation against them? Am I missing
something? Isn't that kinda like beating up on your
newly adopted stepchild?
Maybe there's an entertainment lawyer out there who
can enlighten me on this one. I guess the
RIAA still wants compensation for that real or
imagined irreparable harm caused by Napster. Frankly,
the tangible issues surrounding P2P at present exist
Just last Friday, a judge denied a motion by the RIAA
and 17 companies to dismiss Aimster's lawsuit against
them. Aimster is perhaps the second-most popular P2P
network. They avoided legal attacks from the RIAA for
a long time since their launch last August, until last
month when the RIAA finally counter-sued Aimster. I
guess it was just a matter of time.
Ultimately, Aimster is seeking an official legal
declaration affirming that they are not in violation
of any copyright laws. In stark contrast to the team
at Napster, Aimster CEO Johnny Deep, shows little signs
of bowing down to the RIAA. From all indications, Mr.
Deep wants a trial by jury, not a "happy medium"
Napster certainly represents the first chapter in this
P2P saga. But subsequent clones and imitations like
Aimster will more than likely complete the story; that
is, after they've spent loads of time, money and
energy fighting entrenched media and entertainment
Eventually, we will have to come to a consensus,
Other News Bits n Bytes
The guys at BetaNews recently got a peek at the
imminent MusicNet subscription service - one of the
so-called legitimate answers to Napster. BetaNews
offers a pretty clear-cut description of the MusicNet
demo. On the other hand, their message boards are far
more opinionated - to say the least.
As I suspected, virtually no one is impressed with
this contraption. They don't seem to think it's worth
anything at all. I swear I can't stop laughing.
MusicNet is currently restricted to the RealAudio 8
format. (Can you believe that?) Another thing: How
are the big boys gonna keep fans from recording the
sound with their PC soundcards? I assume they already
thought about that. Stay tuned.
Finally, the new MP3Pro codec from Thomson Multimedia has
recorded over 600,000 downloads since its release a
few days ago. However, reactions on one popular tech
message board aren't particularly favorable.
Apparently the proprietary nature of MP3Pro is a major turn-off.
Aimster - www.aimster.com
BetaNews - www.betanews.com
MusicNet - www.musicnet.com
RIAA - www.riaa.com
Thomson Multimedia - www.thomson-multimedia.com
Related MusicDish e-Journal Articles:
» Thomson launches mp3PRO (2001-06-14)
» The New Napster. Any Predictions? (2001-06-06)
» Aimster Sues RIAA? (2001-05-09)
» the mp3 way: mp3PRO - the .WAV of the future? (2001-04-25)