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· Because I love French-language song and I want to share this passion.
In the lineage of a rich poetic tradition, French-language song nowadays exists in a multitude of forms. It would be impossible to find a single way to define it. It's often said that it differs from Anglo-Saxon song in that the lyrics carry more weight.
In any case, from the
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MP3 files are now ubiquitous, yet they are still at the center of much controversy.
Definition: The "Motion Picture Expert Group Layer 3 Format", MP3 for short, is simply a means of recording sound on a computer. It's special because it combines a high compression ratio (about 1 MB per minute) with a high sound fidelity. This makes MP3 ideal for publishing CD-quality music on the Internet. (In contrast, uncompressed sound takes 9 MB per minute of recording, making download times unacceptably long.)
Difference with RealAudio: Another popular way of putting sound on the Internet is RealAudio. It allows for even more compression (about 200 K per minute) and real-time listening. However, the sound quality is poor.
Use: Many MP3-format tunes are available on the Internet. To listen to them, you need player software.
· Current versions of Windows come with the Media Player which plays MP3 files.
· WinAmp is one of the best Windows players.
Once you have a player, you can just download music.
Is MP3 illegal? Like many technologies, like Xerox machines, nuclear power, and flush toilets, MP3 files can be used in legal and illegal ways. The controversy surrounding MP3 technology is reminiscent of the one which delayed the release of the MiniDisc (recordable digital disc)and other similar products.
Artists and their publishers, represented by organizations such as SACEM, obviously deserve to be paid for their work. In no case would they want to see large-scale distribution of pirated copies of their works which would deprive them of royalties. This is why they aim to limit the use of technologies that would allow anyone to make exact copies of their discs.
This attitude is not shared by all musicians. Others, on the contrary, recognizing the promotional value of distributing their discs on the Internet, place MP3's of their own works on the network. That is the case with all the music found on sites such as MP3.com or France MP3 which we warmly recommend! These sites have the merit of allowing independent artists, often of great talent, to gain exposure outside the major record labels. This trend is truly bringing more democracy to the music industry.
Many internauts want to share their favorite artists with their cyber-friends. They create public archives of MP3's of their recordings, or swap them using programs like Morpheus or WinMX. It is a volunteer effort that does not bring them any profit. After all, this is not unlike borrowing CD's from the library or your friends. However, there has been a growing number of exemplary lawsuits against such people lately, as well as a crackdown on people who download said files. In one case, a young Swede has even been sentenced to jail for downloading MP3's. The SACEM's point of view (red paragraph on this page) is that it constitutes piracy indeed. Given the growing pressure against sharing copyrighted MP3's, and in parallel the explosive growth of excellent legal MP3 sites, we no longer wish to recommend downloading of unauthorized files.
To conclude, Internet-based music is already changing the face the recording industry. Recognizing the potential of this technology, some companies are starting to sell MP3's through electronic payment. SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative) will soon make this even easier, by encoding every MP3 file to limit the ability to copy it. Thus, the artists are getting paid. This may be the future. We will have to find ways to use these new publishing technologies while allowing creators to make a living out of their art.
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