The Used MP3 Store Lives–For Now

Used MP3s?  I know.  I’m still trying to wrap my head around what this means in a DRM-free world.  

Yet ReDigi thinks they have a business plan for buying and selling MP3s that were originally and legally purchased through iTunes.

I know. Whatever.

Naturally, the recording industry is freaked out over this possibility has and turned their lawyers’ guns on ReDigi much in the same way they tried to crush used record stores in the late 70s and early 80s.  

And like the used record stores back in the day, ReDigi has won the first round.  Everything will still go to trial, but the recording industry’s move to have ReDigi shut down was blocked by a judge.

Why should we care?  Because the central issue is one of ownership.  Do we own the music we buy in perpetuity and allowed to do what we want with it?  Or are we just paying some sort of lease?

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “The Used MP3 Store Lives–For Now

  • February 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    It's to bad it's more expensive than buying a album new. If your into buying tracks separately than it's cheaper, but not by much.


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