August 16, 2005
Dear CNET members,
MP3 sure has come a long way, but don't take it from me, just look around you. From the legal battles of peer-to-peer programs to the huge demands of broadband Internet services and hardware sales, MP3 has revolutionized the music business and the Internet in many ways and changed how we listen to music. So how has MP3 changed my world? Well, none better said than member DarkHawke's submission--MP3 has liberated my music collection! With the discovery of MP3, I have not only freed up more square footage in my house from the thousands of space-hogging CDs and their jewel cases, now all contained within my computer's hard drive; it has turned the organization and portability of music from a nightmare to a perfect dream. But that's not all; with the introduction of podcasting (just think TiVo for your MP3 player), I can now subscribe to podcasts such as CNET's Buzz Out Loud and listen to CNET editors Molly Wood and Tom Merritt Buzz-cast whenever I'm on the go. But enough about how MP3 has changed my world; how has it changed yours? Check out what others have said, and read editor Eliot Van Buskirk's list of the top five ways MP3 has changed the world. And TalkBack to us; we're all ears.
This week's hot topic:
The MP3 revolution
It's been a decade since the MP3 file format hit the mainstream--how has it changed your life? After reading Eliot Van Buskirk's latest column, "Top five ways MP3 has changed the world," many of you shared both positive and negative experiences.
Free from formats
CNET member gpetoukhoff's favorite aspect of the digital music revolution is his freedom from physical formats such as CD and cassette. Nowadays, be it an MP3, WAV, or MPEG file, all you need is a PC and a free media player.
Read gpetoukhoff's full post in CNET TalkBack
MP3s equal lower quality
CNET member DJAmbient still prefers good old CDs for a few reasons. He theorizes that MP3 files often have inferior sound quality, and you could lose your entire music collection if your MP3 player goes missing or belly up.
Read DJAmbient's full post in CNET TalkBack
Digital music hurts artists?
CNET member chas has a different dilemma about MP3s: the record companies that legally sell them. He says his father, a longtime major-label artist, hasn't seen a dime from his record company for any of his online sales.
Read chas's full post in CNET TalkBack
Has digital music changed your life? Or is it still just the same old song and dance? Read "Top five ways MP3 has changed the world" then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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