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September 30, 2008

The Industry vs. Music, Pt. 4,196

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: , — Alex Rawls @ 11:13 am

The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones writes succinctly about the sad story of Muxtape, the mixtape/playlist streaming site that has met the sort of fate you’d expect when someone thinks creatively about sharing music. Follow the Muxtape link for a longer, more infuriating version of the story. Trent Reznor takes his swings at the music business in my interview with him for OffBeat, and really, what positive can be said for a business that treats its enthusiasts as criminals? If music consumers are treated asĀ nothing more than markets to be exploited and policed, it’s no surprise that many have no moral issue with unauthorized downloading.

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