Audio Killed the Radio Star
This is a bit of an aside, and it's not. One of my students had a song on her web site that I recognized but did not have (Anna Nalick, "Breathe"). So now that grades are turned in and I can take a breath, I decided to see if I could find an MP3 version on the web. Of course this answer was yes, but I liked the business model that I have been preaching on this Blog forever. I first found the URL for the mp3, clicked on it, and then was presented with an ad for TBS. I was able to click on a link that said "Continue on to the song" and I did. The fact that I am telling you the ad was for TBS is striking in and of itself. My involvement with my "interactive" computer had me perhaps, just perhaps, more involved with the content to which I was being exposed. Then, the song began to play (the Quicktime version was a bit choppy and so, I assume, it was streaming rather than playing an MP3 that had downloaded onto my computer. But with Flash video requiring so little bandwidth (for the video ad), I can easily imagine watching a Flash commercial or other promotional content while what I really want is downloading in the background.
I would scream it from the mountaintops and, in fact, will the next time I present on this topic. I cannot speak for the rest of the world, but in the United States, we like this deal! Content subsidized by advertising. Be very skeptical of pay per play would be my advice if I were an investment advisor (which I am decidedly NOT!).
Here's what I did:
On Google I did a search
"Anna Nalick" breathe mp3
and the fourth hit looked good (www.musicremedy.com) and sure enough, there was the song in either Windows Media Player or Quicktime format (I'm using Windows XP and WMP did a better job).
Now, is the copyright holder of Breathe and its performance by "Anna Nalick" getting paid by the web site? I suppose I could call the webmaster and find out...or maybe not.
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