March 07, 2003
Mixed messages

So the other day I was channel surfing, and an ad played for Time Warner's high-speed Roadrunner cable modem service. The ad showed a bride who was crying her eyes out because the DJ had just called and said he couldn't make it to the reception, so there would be no music at her wedding. No problem! her dashing groom says. Let's fire up the web browser download what we want! We'll burn it to CD and have all the music we need!

Isn't Time Warner a part of the RIAA? Weren't they plaintiffs in a lawsuit over illegal music downloading? Is it just me, or are they sending out some mixed signals here? I'm just asking.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 07, 2003 to Music | TrackBack

As a Staten Island Cable / Road Runner customer, I can assure you that this is not a free service. It's $9.95 per month, plus 49 cents per track.

Time Warner / AOL makes their money one way or the other. Too bad no one wants any part of Ted Turner.

Posted by: William Hughes on March 7, 2003 7:48 PM

That makes sense, but the commercial sure didn't mention anything about paying for what you downloaded. It was all about how easy it is to do with a high speed connection. Which was their argument against Napster et al.

BTW, where do you live on the Island? I'm a West Brighton boy myself.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on March 7, 2003 10:19 PM

Don't get me wrong, the connection is fantastic, but I'm paying $130 per month between this and 250 cable channels.

I'm out in Tottenville now, but originally from Riverdale in the Bronx.

By the way, I have to comment on the site. Your commentary on politics is interesting, your discussion of baseball is familiar, but the tribute to On Top of Spaghetti looks like something you might have written on the side blackboard in homeroom in high school (I should know, I was there).

Posted by: William Hughes on March 8, 2003 8:11 AM