Unfortunately, no one is telling the sector's heaviest hitters. Earlier this month, Vivendi's
The cacophony is creating mixed signals. With the Recording Industry Association of America cracking down on file-trading by going after even the casual end-user, one would think that many fans who have been living off the free music hog are about to be scared straight. That should mean a revival for fresh music -- and that's exactly what Tonos and MP3.com have been peddling for years.
The companies that stand to gain if online music becomes legitimized are either struggling financially, cashing out, or folding. It's sad, really. It's a lot like fans who leave a concert when the band exits the stage, completely unaware that the musicians are about to regroup and return for an encore, saving the best for last.