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"We, frustrated online music lovers"

Call it regret good old times. When you could still enter a store and buy a CD or LP for a reasonable price and – at that time – buy the full ownership right. Of course, it is impossible to transmit it by radio or copy it to resell the product. But, after all, who had access to a radio – public or private – or who could burn a CD or, even more unlikely, print the matrix for vinyl? And finally, there is the regret of when you could go to the market and sell the old Lp or old CD as used. All this now, support the frustrated readers of PC Pro, a British magazine whose inquiry was taken up by the BBC, no longer possible.

If, on the one hand, the download of legal music in 2004 grew by 900%, according to the international federation of the phonographic industry (IFPI) and the British rankings after the US ones, they also put the most legally downloaded songs into the running, what worries the incompatibility between different digital formats and readers (the iTunes Music Store does not allow you to play purchased music other than on the iPod, while the other online shops are divided into a small jungle of reciprocal incompatibilities and proprietary formats of both license and file type) , errors in downloading music, the risk of losing a small fortune due to viruses or computer problems – if backups that are not possible for many online stores are not possible – and finally the age-old question of prices.

The choice of Apple to give a price of 99 cents of euro or dollar, which in the United Kingdom turn into 79 pence (at the exchange rate, 1.16 euros), is judged too expensive. The European Community itself is analyzing why the price between Great Britain and the rest of Europe, net of the exchange rate, is disadvantageous for the subjects of the Crown. Finally, the right to own the song – which is not completely recognized by any online music store since the possession is always technically limited in the availability of the person who purchased it – the lack is more strongly felt by the buyers of digital music. In short, the good old times when you bought the LP or CD and then, back home, you could do what you wanted. The nostalgia of an analog world that no longer exists, while the digital one is not yet fully presented.