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Musician POV

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 05/23/2003

Dear Mac Reader,

The Apple Music Store has certainly had an impact on Mac users, but it has also reinvigorated a larger discussion about artists' rights and the distribution of music.

I've been following this topic closely for the last couple of years, and the thing I keep noticing is that we hear from the RIAA, the lawyers, the industry experts, and just about everyone except the artists themselves.

Earlier this week, an article by David Zeiler about hackers mucking with iTunes 4 put me over the top. No knock on David at all because he wrote a fine piece. But once again, the musician's point of view was absent.

So I wrote a weblog titled, "I'm Tired of the RIAA. I Want to Hear from the Musicians," and asked for those who are actually involved with the creation and production of music to weigh in with their thoughts about these issues.

Already there are a number of interesting TalkBacks that I think you'll find very illuminating. I have a stack of email from artists that I'm also going to add to the conversation. And I have at least one article underway by an independent musician who is very Internet savvy.

I'm going to be running this new stream of content on both Mac DevCenter and OpenP2P.com, but will keep both audiences informed through cross-linking, What's New posts, and weblogs.

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Musicians use many platforms--Mac, Windows, Linux--but somehow Apple has found itself in the middle of another revolution. There are many interesting angles here for us to explore, so stay tuned... And urge your musician friends to comment in the TalkBacks at the bottom of my weblog.

Until next time,
Derrick
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Derrick Story
O'Reilly Network Managing Editor

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