Why does 2017 suck music

Music suck without a guilty conscience

There is music in abundance on the Internet: a lot costs money, a lot is available for free, but cannot be downloaded due to current legislation: Anyone who defies it is liable to prosecution. And then there are thousands of Internet radios, small stations with sometimes very special niche programs. Sucking this music is legal provided it is used for personal use only. Internet radios and radio stations such as Deutschlandfunk are subject to the same rules on this point. Now of course it is far too tedious to click through the endlessly long list of stations just to find a special piece by Robby Williams or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You don't have to, because this work is done by software. Norman Förderer from the Karlsruhe software company RapidSolution:

"The Radiotracker uses a database in which the 8000 Internet radios worldwide are stored, so it doesn't have to fetch anything anymore. We have set it up so that it provides radio stations for every musical taste. The user does not even have to know the radio station but he decides that he would like rock, heavy metal or classical music, for example, and depending on what the bandwidth makes available, the radiotracker can then record a corresponding number of radio stations at once. "

The software searches for and finds the tracks in "SHOUTcast", a database operated by Nullsoft in the USA. It does not rely on melody or rhythm, but finds the pieces using the supplied ID3 tags, in which meta information such as title, artist, album and so on is stored in MP3 format. 77 genres can be set, which somewhat reduces the time required to search. It’s faster if you are only looking for certain titles.

"You have a filter function, where you can use the name or title of the album to determine which artists or which albums you want and then set this in the Radiotracker and Radiotracker only records these artists and albums and then saves them on yours Hard disk. "

Radiotracker recognizes duplicate pieces of music, so only saves one, and favorite radio stations can be defined. In the more expensive version, Internet radios that are not listed on SHOUTcast can also be entered.

"The quality is made available by the internet radio stations. Settings can be made in the database as well as with Radiotracker so that a minimum quality limit, for example 128 kilobits or 196 kilobits per second, is recorded."

Given the ease with which music can be found, some people wonder what the music industry has to say about this new trend, after all, music streamed in MP3 format should prevent illegal music downloads. It seems to him - says Peter Zombik, Managing Director of the Federal Association of the Phonographic Industry in Berlin - as if someone sells car keys that anyone can use to drive other people's cars.

"I admit the example is limping - the main difference is that a car that is used cannot be used by anyone else. Music can be used by many without getting in their way, but the economic result is the same in all cases: If there are no more purchases, there is no investment in new productions in music. And that is exactly what we fear that these programs automate and industrialize private copying in such a way that it really becomes a purchase replacement leads. "

This is exactly the direction in which RapidSoultion advertises: users of the radio tracker will in future save the purchase price on Napster or iTunes, for example. The result is clear: The music market is cannibalized! A solution to the problem is not in sight for Peter Zombik, but the result would have to be such that only entire program sections, but not individual tracks, can be downloaded

"A consumer who wants to listen to the program again two hours or two days after such a program has been broadcast should be happy to do so, but we believe that the selection of individual titles from this program and the creation of databases with such titles is that no longer allowed, and we have asked the legislature, asked the Justice Department to think about it after these programs have exploded over the past year and a half. "

Until then, millions of music fans worldwide will still download many millions of tracks - quite legally.