Amazon's AutoRip Gives You Free MP3s for CDs You've Purchased:
|My Amazon Cloud Player. There are double arrows beneath|
the albums added automatically today by Auto-Rip
The breakthrough idea is this: Amazon has decoupled the rights to the content from the delivery mechanism. They effectively acknowledge that the money I spend for content--the music--means I have rights to it on a CD, online, or as a local download to my personal devices. This is a cool service, but it's part of a Big Idea, stateless data, applications, and devices.
Take note: especially if Amazon extends this idea to video, books, and applications, they will have changed the game and the business model for content sales. Why would I buy from anyone else unless they recognize that I'm buying rights to content, not the physical thing that holds it?
The next logical extension will apply to third-party streaming of content I've paid for. Pandora, for instance, can mine my digital rights and steam me my own content without paying a broadcast license fee to do so: it's microcasting, not broadcasting.
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