by Tony Berman
Imagine a music service that allowed you to search for and
download nearly any song for free with no monthly limits or caps. You could
burn the downloaded music to a CD, either creating mixes or burning complete
albums. This service exists, but it isn’t called Napster, and this isn’t 1998.
All-you-can-eat music download services are being utilized by various
universities who pay a site license on behalf of their students. While the
downloads aren’t exactly free if the students are paying for it in the form of
tuition or a technology fee, most college students don’t feel like they’ve paid
for anything when it’s wrapped up in their regular tuition bill. Why does this
feel an awful lot like what Napster was proposing to the record labels 10 years
ago? Because that’s exactly what it is.