The Music Industry Takes a New Tack

Just after I wrote about content subscriptions through ISPs, comes this story about the music industry’s latest revenue model.

Perhaps the most prominent service offering unlimited downloads has
been Comes With Music, which was introduced in Britain last fall by Nokia,
the world’s largest maker of cellphones. It lets users download
as many songs as they want, from a catalog of more than five million
tracks, when they buy certain Nokia phones.

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Other services offering unlimited downloads are being introduced by
Internet service providers, which many people in the music industry say
hold the key to curbing piracy because of their direct relationship
with Web users.

The difference between the music industry and the news industry, of course, is that music was never offered for free. 

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