News.com’s Gwendolyn Mariano has a great little
article that updates the players in music downloads. The newspeg is that Sony and Universal Music both plan to cut prices for downloading songs, and Sony says it will now allow you to burn the songs you download onto CDs — well done, Sony. Could this be a sign that the music publishers (not necessarily the RIAA) are coming down from their Napster Wrath and relaxing a bit, learning to see listeners as customers not crooks again?
Oddly, the article reports that the new capabilities will come on third-party download sites such as Liquid Audio (which was bought Thursday by Alliance Entertainment ) and RioPort. Sony and Universal Music Group (through its parent Vivendi Universal) are partners in the Pressplay download service. Wonder if the changes take affect within Pressplay, too.