Originally Posted by ksandvik
The Carl Cox idea of a thumb drive with hooks to access more online content later me thinks is a good idea. Just need to make the thingie bigger and with USB connector and SW on the drive that only talks to a certain web server for more content. Carl Cox All Roads Lead To The Dancefloor USB Music Album Debut | All USB Blog
I think the key is that SW development is so cheap nowadays so it's doable to make custom USB devices that take care of the exclusivity part.
PS: Let's call them 'USB albums.'
Doable, yes. Viable, probably not.
1). Form factor. Let's face it, USB keys aren't sexy. People want eye candy and USB keys just don't give it to them. I suppose you could package the key ion some sort of binder with cover art and liner notes but that kinda negates the alleged convenience of the key.
2.) People hate proprietary formats. Being locked into dealing with a specific site, well we already have iTunes. The thing about iTunes and the iPod is that while they lock you into using proprietary hardware
, you're still free to use any generic content you want. It doesn't work well the other way around. Which is a major reason that every service that has attempted to lock people into buying content only from them has failed.
3.) "hooks to access more online content later" - People aren't real big on purchasing promises. I don't know about you, but I'm not spending cash now for a promise of "later". YMMV.
4.) And it still doesn't solve the problem that you can't copy protect music. It's not a solvable problem. I get so tired of pointing this out every time some bright boy thinks that a proprietary format will have any effect on piracy, but all you have to do is redigitize the analog signal to an unprotected format and you're home free. You don't even have to crack the DRM.
Really, on a forum that is supposed to be for audio engineers and those interested in audio engineering I amazed by the number of people who don't understand the technology well enough to recognize that immediately obvious fact.
I'm not saying there may not be new distribution formats. What I'm saying is that for any format to succeed the essential requirement is that it offer the public some perceived benefit - TO THEM, NOT US - that existing formats do not offer. The public does not perceive DRM as a benefit. I doubt the public perceives USB drives as a benefit either - to me a USB drive offers all the drawbacks of both CDs and MP3s with none of the benefits.
> Piece of plastic to lug around. Check.
> No physical liner notes or cover art. Check.
> Vulnerable to physical damage. Check.
> Mediocre audio quality. Most likely.
> Silly DRM format. Check. Otherwise may as well just download files to a generic thumb drive.