What Digital Music Distribution is and Why it is Significant

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What Digital Music Distribution is and Why it is Significant What's at Stake? Traditionally, music has been recorded to physical media, like CD or cassette now or like vinyl in the past, and distributed to music consumers through retail stores. "Digital music distribution" simply involves the transport of the product, recorded music, to the consumer via a non-physical, digital method According to Mark Hardie, a senior analyst at Forrester Research, "consumers want a digital music format that allows a great deal more control of the content they choose…it is inevitable that we will have a music industry that distributes it products digitally.” Music recording industry - annual worldwide revenues of $65 billion In 1998, nearly 20…show more content…
MPEG is charged with the development of international standards for compression, decompression, processing, and coded representation of moving pictures, audio, and their combination, in order to satisfy a wide variety of applications. The membership of MPEG consists mainly of individuals involved in academics or research. In 1989, Fraunhofer IIS patented its compression algorithm in Germany. In 1992, the algorithm was included into the specification produced by MPEG for its standards for "coding of moving pictures and associated audio for digital storage media at up to about 1.5 Mbit/sec". In 1993, the specification was published as "ISO-MPEG Audio Layer 3", thus "MP3". In late 1996, after having applied in early 1995, Fraunhofer IIS was granted patent protection (US5579430) in the United States for its "digital encoding process". In 1998, Fraunhofer began to contact companies and individuals that were developing utilities based on its source code. Fraunhofer informed the developers about the technology's patent protection and offered to discuss licensing the technology. The encoding and decoding utilities are commonly known as "rippers" and "players". You "rip" tracks from pre-recorded CDs and translate them into the MP3 file format by using an encoding utility. The resulting MP3 files can be "played" with an MP3 decoding utility. Diamond Multimedia v. RIAA The MP3 digital music format was developed in an open, non-proprietary environment an international standard,

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