The History of Music on the Internet
 

Internet Radio
 

Napster - A Case Study
 

MP3 Encoding
 

Secure Digital Music Initiative
 

The Future of Music on the Internet
 

©  Karl Heery, Trinity College Dublin, 2000

Comments: heeryk@tcd.ie

 

StandardDigitalMusicInitiative

TOPICS
OBJECTIVE:
     To develop the voluntary, open framework for playing, storing and distributing digital music necessary to enable a new market to emerge. SDMI is working on two tracks  -
  • The first has already produced a standard, or specification, for portable devices. 
  • The longer-term effort is working toward completion of an overall architecture for delivery of digital music in all forms. 
PRINCIPLES:
     SDMIís work is based on the core principles that copyrights should be respected and that those who wish to do so should be able to use unprotected formats. This flexible approach will enable a new market that works for consumers, artists, manufacturers and content providers.

GOAL:
       To enable consumers to access and enjoy music in new ways, while ensuring interoperability among digital products and services so as to enhance the consumerís listening experience. The specification will protect copyrighted music in all existing and emerging digital formats and through all delivery channels.
 
 

INTRODUCTION
TECHNOLOGY
OPINIONS
FUTURE
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Introduction:
  • The story & forces behind SDMI
  • The reasons why SDMI is needed
  • The initial development and structure of SDMI
  • A word from the Executive Director
Technology:
  • The 2 Phase technology adopted by SDMI
  • Watermarking
  • The Public Challenge & Response Evaluation
  • The published Design Specification
Opinions:
  • Is SDMI welcome by the general public, experts, hackers?
  • Boycott of the public challenge
  • The "Fair Use" issue
Future: