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Lefsetz Sour on Mashboxx

This is an excerpt from today’s Lefsetz Letter, an email that addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, copy protection, pricing and the music itself. I found out about it from Jon Healey of the Los Angeles Times, who quoted Bob Lefsetz — who also writes for VH1.com — in an article years back. You can subscribe to it here.


“Yeah, THIS is intriguing. Let me get my copy protected song for 99 cents from some peon in New Jersey or Wyoming rather than instantly downloading a pristine version from the iTunes Music Store.

It’s the PRICE stupid. It’s not the DELIVERY system! I mean I’ll get it FASTER from the iTunes Music Store but I’d rather wait a few minutes to get it P2P?

The disinformation campaign is DEAFENING! Mashboxx resembles P2P like…well, to tell you the truth, I can’t come up with an analogy. Where ELSE can you endlessly duplicate a product at no cost and distribute in such a way that infrastructure/transfer costs are borne by EVERYBODY on the network rather than the seller?”


Lefsetz should probabaly get a blog at this point. Would be a much better way to build an informational resource with kinetic value.

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