In late December 2005, I wrote about Last.FM on this blog. Ever since, I have been using it, building up my listening profile (you can see a screenshot of the top 20 most listened to artists in the past four years above) and discovering new music as a result.
Today, I learned that CBS, Last.FM’s parent company, handed over user listening data to the RIAA. I felt insulted by this move. I pay for the music I listen to (actually, I am finding myself using LaLa more and more, so I am gradually worrying less and less about having MP3 files sitting on my hard drive, since I can stream them through LaLa). But I personally have an issue with RIAA and their scare tactics.
Therefore, as of today, I removed the Last.FM application from my computers and deleted my Last.FM account for good. It was a good service. It’s so sad that they decided to become a part of RIAA’s game…
Once more Radiohead takes the cover of Rolling Stone magazine… this time, thanks to their chart-topping “In Rainbows“.
As if the fact that the album itself is a masterpiece were not enough, they have invented the future of music in the process of putting it out.
They released it for download back in October 2007, allowing fans to pay as little or as much for it as they saw fit. The actual “physical” album (iTunes release, as well) saw the light of day the first day of 2008, topping the charts to the surprise of many.
I wonder what does the RIAA has to say about this? 😉
This time, I have to say I am very surprised…
“… in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.”
You can read the rest of the article and be amazed too.
Am I the only one who thinks this is outright crazy?