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Local library subscribes to novel music idea

Original post made on Aug 29, 2014

For card-carrying members of the Palo Alto City Library, book and movie checkouts last for weeks but music downloads last forever.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 29, 2014 at 8:38 am

San Jose library stopped using this service because there wasn't enough interest relative to their fee basis yet instructed it's readers to try to get a Palo Alto library card and use our Freegal!

I wonder how this works out in terms of paying royalties to song-writers and performers.

Also, Monica De Conge seems to not have a sense of the distinction between a library being a public sector service and the free market or a store; she seems to want to use public sphere as a showcase for particular brands and corporations.

Others have panned Freegal, if you do the search.

It would take me several lifetimes to actually listen to all the music we have on cd at the library; I as a habit grab something on impulse and give it a spin. (Still haven't downloaded anything on my laptop, although I did sell off to last man standing brick and mortar about 1,000 cd's and a smaller group donated to Palo Alto Friends of Library.).

My first reaction to this is: too good to be true. Maybe I will try it.

Read David Lowery, whose bandmate in college dated Gunn grad Debby Solomon, on the way the digital word cheats the artists and performers; the system is still working out the kinks. And oh yeah the former Napster CEO is in Palo Alto getting indigents to sweep the streets for scrip.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 29, 2014 at 8:49 am

Here is link to David Lowery famous article: different service but I think we will find the same thing holds, that these services do not actually compensate artists properly.

Web Link

My Song Got Played On Pandora 1 Million times And All I Got Was $16.89 less than what I make from a single t-shirt sale.

For comparison, songwriters get 9 cents per copy when you buy a recording or his or her song. The record labels initially tried to consider downloads a sale per se but artists sued to have it thought of as a license per se, which meant the difference, for them, of getting 5 percent additional royalties versus 50 percent.

It will probably take another 20 years to figure what is fair to the artists and composers, for the disruption of music to settle.

Meanwhile, enjoy their music.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

Her name is Monique Le Conge but either way she is a big come down from Diane Jennings.

It seems Jim Keene sorts for pro-corporate anti-union in all his hires.


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Posted by Youtube Rocks!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2014 at 10:36 am

Youtube has a fabulous video music collection that is free, and not restricted to any number of downloads a week. Vemeo is also another source of free mustic.

Why would anyone restrict themselves to five downloads a week, when they can listen to all the music they want that is available from the many, many, sources available on the World Wide Web?

Moreover, there are thousands of radio stations on-line, that also offer both free, and fee based, access to the world's music.

The world is available to anyone willing to spend a little time searching on the web. There is so much material available these days--that public libraries are becoming nothing more than big holes where public money goes to die.


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Posted by Strange stuff
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Both Mitchell Park libraries will be closed from Sept.26 to Dec.6 while the Temporary library moves into its fancy expensive new quarters nearby.
They have been busy preparing for this move for months director LeConge has said many times.
Some very strange stuff going on in the city and library administration.


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Posted by casey
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 2, 2014 at 10:42 am

casey is a registered user.

Freegal is not really free. We're just paying for it indirectly.

Productwise, your opinion probably depends on whether your songs are in the Freegal catalog. The product does seem dated because you can now stream from a larger catalog of songs from Spotify for free.


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