College Music Service Shuts Down

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    Washington D.C.
    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! That's how I got all of my music! What do I do know, it's as if the MAN wants me DL illegally.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
  4. macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2008
    Sioux City, IA
    Look for a program called TuneBite before all that music goes to waste. (All I'll say here in fear of people's judgement)
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2003
    Wasn't this the service that was supposed to crush iTunes?
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2004
    Musicians need to be paid

    The piece that is missing in this whole discussion is that musicians get the short end of the stick in all of these free music services, and even worse when it comes to pirated music. I have read all the messages in the thread from the original article about Ruckus, and not a single person seems in the slightest concerned with musicians, only the selfish interests of the listeners who want free access to all music.

    My wife is a musician, as are many of our friends. She works her butt off, playing in nursing homes and preschools, 3 or 4 gigs a day. She has a number of CD's out. When the sell on iTunes or elsewhere, she gets paid. If she was part of ASCAP/BMI, she would get paid when her songs are played on Pandora or probably Ruckus too, I dont know how that works for sure. And she should get paid. How can you not agree with that concept? I can't believe that there are people who have really thought this through and think that musicians should not get paid for their creativity and their commitment of time and money to make recordings.

    But it seems that many of you want a free music service, and god forbid that the service wants to try to make money by placing ads on their site that you have to read. It may be that the layout of Ruckus was not well done, and then someone else will do it better and win the competition for your ears and eyes. But..... there needs to be ads that companies will pay good money for in order to be able to pay the musicians.

    Threatening to go back to pirating music cuz you dont like the ads, and dont want to pay iTunes or for a subcription service..... well.... perhaps someone can explain the logic or morality of that stance.

    Thanks for listening, I realize my thoughts are swimming upstream against a strong current. I just wish I heard a little bit in all of this that addresses the real needs of musicians.

  7. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    It does amaze me how people like a certain musician's creative work enough to listen to it, but will go to great lengths to make sure no money reaches that artist.

    A common rationalization: "I'm protesting against this artist because they have a relationship with a big corporate entity (music store, record label) that I don't like. They must bow to my pressure not to sell their music via big companies, and then I will pay them for their creativity--honest! Of course, the artist HAS to accept the big company or they'd have gotten nowhere. Still, I'll punish the artist." ;)

    Fine... then don't listen to the artist at all.. That's a REAL protest. To listen but not pay is just shallow greed.

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