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The Guardian:

…the underlying issue is that creators and distributors now have opposing interests. Companies such as Google and Apple don’t care that much about selling media, since they make their money in other ways – on advertising in the first case, and gadgets in the second. Google just wants to help consumers find the song or show they’re looking for, whether it’s a legal download or not, while Apple has an interest in pushing down the price of music to make its products more useful. And this dynamic doesn’t only hurt media conglomerates – it creates problems for independent artists and companies of every size…

Since a college student created Napster in 1999, technology companies have framed this conflict as one that pits media executives against tech-savvy consumers. But the real fight is between media executives and technology investors – it’s worth remembering that Napster received money from a hedge fund – who want to use the media to build their businesses…




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