Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Is This The End??? (no Diddy)

The following article is about 5 or 6 years old, but the effects of what it addresses are still lingering. Luckily, I was able to retrieve a few of my personal cd's that were on mp3.com's server before the final ax came down. Mane, that was the good old days of free enterprise and free music on the internet. What you young niggaz even know about (the real) Napster or mp3.com??? Not much probably. Read the article and feel my pain. In the very near future, I'll post the first commercial release I produced between 1999 and 2000 and re-released in 2001 just before the end of mp3.com.

MP3.com archive is destroyed

By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco

Michael Robertson's attempts to save the million-song music archive of the company he founded, MP3.com, appear to have been unsuccessful. The MP3.com domain was bought by CNET, and Vivendi Universal had warned that the plug would be pulled.

"I had no luck in buying the content, paying for the content to be backed up or facilitating a relationship with Archive.org," Robertson told us today in email. Robertson had met with Vivendi, and as we reported, Archive.org's Brewster Kahle was only too happy to host the content.

The archive represents the work of 250,000 artists. Archive.org had ample bandwidth and storage to host the files, Kahle told us ten days ago.

Primetones, a Houston based music delivery company and Indie site Talentmatch.com had also offered to host the music.

"We're about to lose a museum filled with digital antiquities that are every bit as meaningful as their physical counterparts filling today's museums," Robertson had said.

CNET had yet to report on the destruction of the archive. We assume technical difficulties…

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