How to live without the music industry feedback

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 11, 2005
Updated • Apr 29, 2013
Music, Music and Video

The article created a lot of feedback, mostly positive on the subject and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their comments and present a compilation of those comments in this new article.

Most visitors agreed that the decision of the RIAA to turn on its customers badly damaged their image and unfortunately that of musicians as well. It seems to a lot that they don't care as much about the music as they care about profits.

I think they (the Music Industry) are exaggerating the problems that internet pirates cause to their profits. Its true that the internet made it easier to distribute music, and that's something the music industry does not understand til today. They see it as a threat that "their" music will be distributed without control to many consumers who in turn don't buy the music anymore because they already have it on their computer.

They don't recognize that this is the way music will be distributed in this century. They missed the opportunity when p2p appeared, when services like audiogalaxy offered music in a direct easy way.

Most consumers will pay for music. That's a fact. We pay with our money and we demand more than just music. We want to be able to use it in our mp3 player, in our car and on our computer without being branded as someone who is copying music illegally.

We don't want to have rootkits and anti-copy mechanisms on our music CDs. That's a no-no, especially if those rootkits only run on windows and not on other operating systems. What sense does it make? It only prevents the normal user who would have traded the music with their friends are affected by it. It does not prevent the internet pirate who probably gets a pre-release copy to spread it wide and fast.

Instead of going on confrontation course with customers, they should try and make the majority of customers happy once again. And this can only be achieved by listening to them and not by acting against them.

I would like to comment specifically on Kazrog´s post:

"The type of industry “downsizing this blog is advocating, which is essentially downsizing the industry until it does not exist, is going to make it virtually impossible for artists to continue making music, and is going to cripple a vast set of industries internationally."

Its not my intention to destroy the music industry. What I want is the following. I want them to concentrate on what their customers want and I want them to stop acting against their customers. I know that the "music has to be free" idea is an ideal which will never be reached, at least not in the near future. All they will have to do is adopt to the new demands of their customers, that means:

Build good internet portals where one is able to purchase music for a reasonable fee without DRM and a fair use policy. We all see Apples iTunes success, most customers want to buy music, but only if it can be used the way they want to use it.

I´d like to end with a listing all the new sites that you posted in the comments, its really helpful to receive so many recommendations to sites that I never heard of.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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