Battling for free music
By Erin Kuch
They say the best things in life are free. Whether it's a free T-shirt at a baseball game, or a free trip to Paris, no one can pass up
something for nothing. However, a T-shirt can not compare to someone else's personal creative art.
Napster, the king of downloadable music, has changed the way SUNY Purchase College students listen and purchase music. The Internet music service allows the consumer to listen to any type of music at absolutely no cost. However, some songwriters, such as popular artists Metallica and Eminem, and
executives in the recording industry are biting their fingernails because they claim millions of dollars are being lost by this innovation of free
Napster provides the ease and ability to get free music on-line. The RIAA points out that they approve of new technology, but its piracy is taking away copyright rights of the artists. Napster argues that its new technology is only the beginning. A new revolution of digtal music is taking place, and whether it's wrong or not to download music without the artists' permission, online audio has changed and will continue to change the music industry.
Next: The industry's view