Speakers and headphones to be taxed as well….
You’re right, it’s not true. But it might as well be. Kevin Marks reminded me about this story, via Gordon Cook’s community. Thanks to Kevin and to Gordon et al; it has been a busy day, and I forgot to pick up on the story.
I’m not even going to bother debating it. Pfui.
Instead, I’m going to point you towards some more worthwhile developments, as reported by Malc. As the business model for digital music disaggregates and reaggregates, with some market participants leaving and others joining, some very interesting possibilities emerge.
An aside. The Tax-The-ISP plan had an unusual table on the sources of MP3 player content in the UK, apparently from ICM Research in December 2005:
- 65% ripped or copied from owned CDs
- 11% copied from friends
- 18% P2P downloads
- 6% paid-for downloads
I would be fascinated to see evidence of any relationship or linkage between the 18% downloaded and their related CD sales. I think the two are complementary and not substitutes, that P2P downloads spur the purchase of “legal” music, either in CD form or in digital download form.
The Friends bit is also interesting, given the way different cultures define Family.