Archive for September 22nd, 2005

Silly RIAA/MPAA try to take down WinMX/eDonkey

When are the RIAA/MPAA going to figure out that shutting down peer-to-peer services like WinMX and eDonkey is only going to make things worse?

Popular file-sharing site WinMX.com ceased operating and the New York office of another, eDonkey.com, appeared to be closed, in the continuing legal fallout among underworld peer-to-peer music services, industry sources and users said on Wednesday.

The **AA aren’t considering two things: first, it won’t be long before some other service pops up to take over WinMX’s marketshare. And eDonkey is distributed, so this action won’t make too much of a dent there at all. Aside from the software (and really, who in the world would use eDonkey when the much improved eMule and aMule are available?), there’s no reason to go to edonkey.com. Losing that isn’t going to be a big deal at all.

Another interesting thing here is that this action by the **AA has someone like me defending the P2P services, even though I almost never use them! I’ve been a happy customer of eMusic and the iTunes Music Store for long enough now that I don’t bother with P2P sites.

Which leads me to my other point: the **AA is still missing out on a huge revenue source here! It is possible to turn a fair percentage of WinMX/eDonkey users into legitimate paying customers, if the **AA were to only create services that provides what people are going to these services for. Better online music services (though Y! Music goes a long way towards this. Now, if only it did Linux), better, more reliable, and less expensive video services. Make it easy for people to download it. And the revenue source is there!

The **AA just needs to stop suing the hell out of everyone, and instead focus on creating a new business model.

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