Battling for free music
If you want the ease of digital music without feeling guilty of using Napster, Fairtunes.com allows digital music consumers to voluntarily send money to artists for their work. The website connects the fans with their favorite artist. That way the fans can download their favorite music off Napster, or MP3.com,
and then send their artist money off Fairtunes.com. Fairtunes.com believes
that digital music will eventually kill the CD, and they would rather see the money in the hands of the artist instead of the record companies.
Another guilt-free website is Liquidaudio, which provides free music encoded with watermark security to protect against duplication. Also, this website gives the artists the opportunity to say if they want their music sampled on the website or not. Liquid Audio enables musicians, songwriter's, record labels, and music retailers to deliver professional-digitalized music without the fear of piracy. Major labels such as EMI Recorded Music, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, expect to create
subscription services of downloaded music available to the viewers for a small fee. However, even though this will regulate the control of music and let the artist's get compensated, many viewers will still be able to download music for free.
Hopefully, more on-line music sites will provide the new watermark technology to prevent duplication. Therefore it could ease the tension between the artists, record companies, and the representatives of digital music. However, people are still out there who listen to Napster and will still go out and buy the CD.
"If I listen to something and I like it on Napster I'm going to buy it," says Mike Miele, a jazz drum major. That's a bit of relief to artists.