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XM will not concede to the RIAA quietly

DailyTech earlier reported that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is planning to sue XM radio over the use of the Pioneer Inno XM2go portable XM player.  Users with the device from Pioneer are able to save music files that XM broadcasts onto the player -- the RIAA claims that the device infringes on copyright laws, and the organization should get higher music licensing fees. 

XM recently published a letter to its users claiming "They [The RIAA] don't get it. These devices are clearly legal. Consumers have enjoyed the right to tape off the air for their personal use for decades, from reel-to-reel and the cassette to the VCR and TiVo."

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has also spoken out against the lawsuit by the RIAA.  Michael Petricone, Vice President of Government Affairs for the CEA took time to protect the rights of XM allowing users to have a device like the Pioneer Inno.

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RE: wait
By Christopher1 on 5/21/2006 8:35:29 PM , Rating: 1
Well, I wouldn't go THAT far to say people should pirate music. But I was looking at the prices for music CD's, and they have actually gone UP in recent years.

That doesn't make sense to me. I paid about $10 a disc 15 years ago for a CD, now they are $15 apiece? That doesn't make sense, they have gotten their money back for:

1. The manufacturing lines.
2. The manufacturing equipment.
3. The original outlay to research CD tech.

What is the reason for the prices still being so high? Even if they were paying artists 1 mil a song (which they AREN'T), with all the CD's that are sold they make their money back and then some.

RE: wait
By jtesoro on 5/21/2006 9:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
I read somewhere that the reason they still raise prices is that there is a huge number of people who will buy CDs regardless of price (within certain bounds of course). So for someone who wants the latest Madonna CD, they'll get it whether it costs $10 or $15.

While this doesn't apply to me, it apparently does to a lot of others. The math works out such that music publishers get more revenue since the higher price more than makes up for the reduction in CD buyers.

RE: wait
By Wonga on 5/22/2006 7:59:58 AM , Rating: 2
Are sure sure they've gone up? I'm actually quite pleased with the prices of CDs these days. Most new stuff is £10 for about 16 tracks and only about £3-6 for older stuff. I'm sure it used to cost more than that. Maybe it's just the outrageous cost of music downloads (at 79p a track wherever you go - more than a CD!), which I think really qualifies as outrageous since the record companies are saving more money there and charging more, but CDs actually seem quite cheap. You get the highest quality sound too for that, a backup already made for you, and you can convert it to a nice DRM-free format for your MP3 player.

RE: wait
By Ytsejamer1 on 5/23/2006 10:08:54 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget that the record companies take the costs of producing and printing an album, it's packageing, the $$ fronted to the artist, the artwork, etc out of the ARTISTS pocket after all is said and done. SO....if the artist is successful, the record company recoups its expenses FROM the artist small percentage and continues to make the lion's share of the profit from each album sold. Pretty good deal.

They are at risk if the album flops completely...they'll never recoup that money, but the artist is still on the hook for all costs until that money has been paid. So they may never see a cent if the album flops...yet still sells more than 50,000 copies.

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