This is something I would gladly pay $20 a month for...
A device that, according to my tastes, downloads new music from the Internet whenever it connects. I would be able to listen to music without restriction while I am disconnected from the network. I wouldn't own the music, except for roughly 20 tracks a month that I select which would then become mine as MP3s (for FLAC or whatever DRM-less technology makes sense). I could then load them into iTunes, give them to my brother, or (if I'm feeling sinister) make them available on a P2P network.
The music could come from anywhere: iTunes, Amazon, The Labels, or artists themselves.
The content sources exist. The recommendation engines exist. Devices exist.
I suspect the audience/market exists. (At least, I hope so. If not, and nobody is willing to pay for music, we're going to need to find another model. And it will still necessarily involve a money exchange between producers and cosumers and/or advertisers.)
Is there such a system already?
15 December 2009
Posted by Gary Dusbabek at 18:00