Published on July 31st, 2018 | by Alan Cross0
The murky, illegal, hard-to-kill world of unauthorized online music sales
Buying digital music files online usually means a trip to iTunes. But there are sites that will also do business with you, except that they’re not authorized to sell you anything.
There’s Music Mafia, for one, a site that–well, just take a look.
Music Mafia first popped up a year ago, stock with music apparently supplied by hackers and people on the inside of the music industry.
Clicking around brings up lists of artists (Kanye, Coldplay, Drake, Beyonce and dozens of others) and links to unreleased material (included pre-release songs), and still-to-released music videos, all of which require cryptocurrency for purchase.
Naturally, artists, composers, publishers and other owners of the intellectual property get zip.
The RIAA, America’s music industry watchdog, is on the case. Let’s see how this unfolds.