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These groups even want compensation for iTunes' 30-second song samples.
This is the only ridiculous part of the request. As far as downloaded movies and TV shows go, if the same royalties are paid for DVD sales, they should be paid for the purchase on iTunes, Xbox live, playstation store, etc.
- Streaming On Demand Music (Zune/Rhapsody)
- Streaming Radio (Last.FM/Pandora)
- Subscription and Purchase Licensing Support
In other words, the iPhone needs subscription WMA support and a Zune Marketplace App.
(if you can't complain about this kind of stuff on a website billing itself as "news for nerds", where can you complain?)
Not to troll, but I think you missed the second part - "stuff that matters."
In internet slang, rather than fishing the "troller" is posting as much as possible in as many places as possible without getting called out for being a troll in an attempt to elicit an emotional or radical or amusing response from another individual.
I have difficulty seeing how this analogy applies here. I hereby mod this article -5 for meme abuse.
My point? Even if you come up with a solution that's better than a band aid, you'll never be able to implement it. Applications that require a better infrastructure should be run on Internet2 or another controlled network. Perhaps the author should become involved in that project?