Came across this 1983 article while researching Frank's music: http://www.zappa.com/cheezoid/whatsn...s/FZ-Proposal/
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"We propose to acquire the rights to digitally duplicate and store THE BEST of every record company's difficult-to-move Quality Catalog Items [Q.C.I.], store them in a central processing location, and have them accessible by phone or cable TV, directly patchable into the user's home taping appliances, with the option of direct digital-to-digital transfer to F-1 (SONY consumer level digital tape encoder), Beta Hi-Fi, or ordinary analog cassette (requiring the installation of a rentable D-A converter in the phone itself . . . the main chip is about $12). "
It seems that Frank was way ahead of his time there. The technologies are different but this is the basic idea.
He left way too soon. Well, at least his ideas about artists owning their masters and sharing the profits 50/50 with record companies is finally taking hold (i.e: Steve Vai's Favorite Nation, Jack Ponti's Bardic Records, etc.)