Music free for all
Is it too good to be true? Well yes. This isn't exactly free music, just an extension of the argument between the music industry and ISPs (internet service providers).
It's interesting to watch these disputes rumble on amongst groups of people who make so much money it makes your mind boggle.
The UK government wants to extend copyright laws to ensure pop songs are protected for almost twice as long as the current 50 years. Supposedly generating more money for the record industry, which would use it to discover new talent, yeah sure. It would mean cash cow classics such as the Beatle's Love Me Do and Please Please Me, released in 1963, need not automatically lose their copyright in 2013. The Rolling Stones could also benefit with songs such as Satisfaction having their copyright extended beyond 2015, although I'm not sure if the Rolling Stones themselves will be extended beyond that date.
Another contender is the Universal Music Group (U2, Mariah Carey et al). They are rolling out three new tiers of CD packaging in Europe, ranging from lush deluxe editions down to bare-bones cardboard sleeves that are designed to compete with albums sold online. They are looking at a deluxe CD to sell for an average of €19.99, the standard for €14.99 and the basic for €9.99.
IMHO - still too expensive.