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Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness 391

An anonymous reader writes "Lots of people have suggested there's a loophole in Apple's new iCloud that will allow people who illegally download music to somehow 'launder' their dirty music files, getting a nice clean, and legal, license to the music stored on iCloud. This argument is flawed for two main reasons. The first has to do with how the laws of copyright work and the second is to do with why people share or download music (and movies) in the first place."
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Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

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  • by pla ( 258480 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @09:27AM (#36449336) Journal
    As a non-"Audiophile", but someone who appreciates decent quality rips, I can see a simple enough use for this...

    Downloaded tracks often have questionable origins and quality - I've heard things that someone clearly recorded straight off FM radio, complete with censoring bleeps; Songs that sounded almost like they'd come from vinyl (hisses and pops); Songs that fade in and out at random; Songs with tags that look like a native speaker of 1337 just discovered the wonders of Unicode.

    Now personally, if I like a track enough to care about any of the above, I'll just buy the album (not just a CYA comment - I violate copyrights not only shamelessly, but with outright pride; I very much believe in supporting artists I like, however). But as a way of converting a crappy rip into a nice shiny clean reasonably HQ and properly tagged file? My music library contains somewhere on the order of 30k files; I'd gladly pay $25 to replace all the crap automagically.
  • by Alex Belits ( 437 ) * on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @10:11AM (#36449910) Homepage

    I bought the $200 headphone cable for my $400 headphones back when I had money to burn (ah the good ole days). Was it noticeably better than the $12 cable that comes with the headphones? yes. was it $188 better? Hell fucking no. not in my opinion anyway.

    No. Headphone cables have no effect on sound (as long as they are not torn or shorted).

  • Re:Forgiveness? (Score:4, Informative)

    by harperska ( 1376103 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @10:58AM (#36450686)

    I replicated my car because it was the only way to get the type of car I wanted. The local car dealerships don't stock non-mainstream cars, so when a traveler passing through my town was driving the car I wanted, I used my matter replicator to create a copy of it. If the car companies wanted to prevent car theft, they would have built a car dealership in my town.


    That's the only way for the car analogy to really apply to music sharing. As many others have said, when you pirate a track, the original still exists.

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban