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RIAA wants $150,000 from XM for every song that XM listeners download

The Recording Industry Association of America has now taken one of its biggest targets to court, and it's not a leader of a big underground MP3 release group. It's XM Satellite Radio. The company, which released its Inno XM2go portable XM player. The issue with the new player from XM is that it allows the user to save tunes that the service broadcasts onto the player. The RIAA says that the player infringes on copyright laws.

The RIAA is looking to charge XM $150,000 for every song that a user downloads into the player. The ironic thing is that there are systems and players out there that have been out there for decades that allow customers to copy songs that are played over traditional radio, but not truely digital to digital as with XM.  The law has allowed for such "analog loopholes" since the inventions of such devices.

For XM, the company says that while users are able to download the tunes they listen to, the songs are then stored on the portable player and users are not able to transfer the songs over as files. XM says that its download feature is not an on-demand service like Apple's iTunes, in that users can pick the songs they want when they want it. XM says that the RIAA's actions are stiffling innovation and that it will fight the lawsuit on behalf of consumers.


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Thats alotta money
By PrimarchLion on 5/18/2006 3:45:21 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe the RIAA would win a few cases if they were alittle more reasonable. $150000 per song downloaded! Take it below $100 and maybe they'd have a chance. I don't know how many people own this portable player, but this must add up to at least 10's of millions of dollars (probably a lot more). I know if I owned one of those and was paying for the service, i'd probably be downloading every song I listened too.




RE: Thats alotta money
By PrinceGaz on 5/18/2006 5:57:43 PM , Rating: 2
It's a helluva lotta money!

I've no idea how many of those devices they've sold but I'll take a wild guess and say 100,000 have been purchased in total (it could be a lot more). If an average user has a hundred tracks they've downloaded from XM, that's a total of 10 million downloads. At $150,000 each, the total amount of money XM would have to pay is a staggering $1.5 trillion (1500 billion dollars). Now that's a lotta money!


RE: Thats alotta money
By vanka on 5/19/2006 6:20:55 PM , Rating: 2
These are not downloads! With a download you can download a 5 minute song in 15 seconds (assuming you are not a primative on dial-up). The players that XM is selling are recorders , like those old tapes you used to have. Here instead of recording to a tape, you record to some digital media. Last time I checked this was legal, or those Tivo users should expect a call from the MPAA. It appears that XM tried to cover their asses by insuring that the recorded songs are playable only on the player that recorded them, but that's not enough for the RIAA a$$holes.


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