While it would be a stretch to equate this wipeout to the destruction of historical relics in the Middle East or the burning of Rome, it's probably the only remaining online presence for many of the unsigned musicians who either aren't aware of the dwindling list of online music site alternatives or have simply moved on.
Conspiracy theorists may ponder that Vivendi's Universal Music simply wants to bury the indie upstarts and cement the lure of attaining a major label record deal, but it may prove to be a shallow grave.
MP3.com founder Michael Robertson, who tired of being sued by the five major labels so he moved on in pursuit of Microsoft's
More companies might speak up between now and when Vivendi shuts down the site a week from today. Apple Computer
If Time Warner
Yes, the days are numbered. But if you know musicians at all, you know that they're not ones to go down quietly.
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