Universal Pondering ISP License for Unlimited Music Downloads

This is significant. I've believed for a long time that we'll eventually get to 'all-you-can-eat' music services that are bundled with monthly broadband access, and Universal seems to be taking steps towards this model. It looks like the twist is that the services would be peer-to-peer, which makes sense.

Universal Music Group is experimenting with a service called TotalMusic, where customers of Internet service providers or mobile carriers would pay a blanket monthly fee for the rights to freely trade unlimited music downloads on the network.

There are some issues with forcing ISPs to opt-in, and also with the administration of royalties, but this is an important initiative that could pave the way for a new form of bundled music service.



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