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  • Oberdan Otto

    Oberdan Otto Oct. 1, 2001, 11:44 p.m. (Message 27635)

    MP3 swapping (was Island CD Survey)

    >But, Marjorie's initial reference to the Stan Hamilton and another 
    >to the Berkeley Players plus queries about Jimmy Blue and Peter 
    >White make me wonder - Strathspey MP3 swap-shop, Anselm??
    I am in the process of converting my SCD music collection to mp3. 
    Conversions of CDs to mp3s is very easy: just put the CD in a let it 
    rip. A lot of my collection is on vinyl and tape however, which is 
    more arduous to capture. AND there are some very old out-of-print 
    albums for which I have tapes but have never been able to locate an 
    original vinyl. I am fortunate to have one Peter White vinyl, but the 
    others are tapes only and all of my Jimmy Blue's are tapes only :((. 
    For tapes that do not have vinyl backups, there are missing tracks 
    and incomplete tracks. Some of those tapes were recorded from 
    over-used vinyls and are very poor quality.
    I would be VERY interested in an mp3 exchange for out-of-print 
    material. I am sensitive to the issue of copyright, but tracking down 
    copyrights and obtaining permissions is a huge task that I would not 
    recommend. It occurred to me that an out-of-print mp3 pool could be 
    set up to which anyone could freely contribute but for which there 
    would be a nominal charge (say, $1, or $.50 or 50p) for each mp3 
    downloaded. Who would manage it is unclear, but TAC which has taken 
    on tasks of a similar magnitude comes to mind. Perhaps the download 
    site could just keep track of how many items a person downloaded and 
    invoice them annually. What would be done with the money is also not 
    clear, but perhaps it could be a compensation fund for cases where 
    copyrights could be traced or maybe it could be a musician 
    scholarship fund or a loan fund for the production of new CDs.
    Even though I am planning to operate from mp3, backup for all this 
    music is essential. My preferred backup is the original music CD. 
    Even though I have his 5 albums on vinyl, tape and mp3, if Stan 
    Hamilton should ever re-release them on CD, I would be first in line 
    to purchase them.
    I hope there is other interest in a facility of this sort.
    Cheers, Oberdan.
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