Remember that scene in Revenge of the Nerds when the Tri-Lam geeks stun the crowd with some high-tech musical wizardry? Well, life appears to be imitating art now that the techie haven CNET
It may seem odd at first. CNET's turf includes gadget reviews, tech news, comparison shopping and downloads. It's more about Wi-Fi than Hi-Fi. It's more about open source than open chords. But when you think about it, the technology companies have already started to take over the music industry. Apple
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CNET's intentions aren't clear just yet. Its balance sheet isn't as forgiving as that of the heavies on my initial wish list. Still, Vivendi will be wiping its servers clean of more than 1 million MP3s from mostly unsigned artists in two weeks. Whether this is CNET trying to distance itself from any potential litigation of MP3.com's past improprieties before starting anew the way Roxio did with Napster -- or whether it plans to just load up the domain with MP3 player primers and product reviews -- CNET is now inheriting the indie artist mother lode.
It has the chance to improve on a model that started out strong until radical cost-cutting moves resulted in alienating the artist community while deteriorating the listening experience for an audience that it failed to market to.
MP3.com's symphony was unfinished. Here's hoping that the brainy netizens of CNET know how to carry a tune.
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