When Free Isn’t

When is free not inexpensive enough? When it comes to downloadable music. It seems college students are not interested in the DRM-laden offerings that their colleges are offering. But I also found this part was worth noting.
bq.There’s also the problem of compatibility: The services won’t run on Apple Computer Inc. computers, which are owned by 19% of college students, according to a 2006 survey of 1,200 students by the research group Student Monitor. In addition, the files won’t play on Apple iPods, which are owned by 42% of college students, according to the survey. I don’t know how many “people at Gnomedex(Gnomedex 6)”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/kk/183880568/ had a Mac sitting in front of them like “your humble correspondent”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2006/06/19/mac), but I have no doubt that there was a disproportionate number over their “regular market share(Low market share is badge of honor, as far as Mac faithful are concerned)”:http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/14191452.htm. It seems to me the more technically inclinded population (both geeks and college students) are headed in a certain direction that Microsoft has cause for concern. If “all the messages(Antivirus company suggests home users switch to Macs)”:http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060706-7204.html get through to the public, a tidal wave could start. And then there is the issue of the iPod. Until the music industry quits insisting on “treating their customers like thieves(France and DRM)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2006/03/22/france, or until Microsoft achieves the “stranglehold(Microsoft’s iPod Killer Plan)”:http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/ZDM/story?id=2165024 they have “long sought(Microsoft’s iPod killer?)”:http://news.com.com/2100-1027_3-5183692.html, people just aren’t going to put up with these sort of restrictions. It isn’t free when you invest time and energy into something only to watch it evaporate when you graduate.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.