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Gservo
16th December 2002, 12:57 PM
"Ever feel like not being a marketing statistic? Well just by playing certain store-bought compact discs in your home or office computer, your new music disc may be transmitting your listening habits in real time to the respective record company...." Charming.

A company by the name of Bandlink (http://www.bandlink.com/) is providing technology to record companies that allows a cd played in a personal computer to contact their server and relate statistics such as what track you're listening to and when you're listening to them. This information is then compiled into customizable reports that allow the record company to develop "User Profiles". (http://www.bandlink.com/blink/bandlink3.cfm) There are benefits listed for the consumer such as cd-specific chatrooms, concert information, etc but the question remains: What's your price for privacy? The only indication that the cd you're purchasing is Bandlink "enabled/disabled" is a small logo on the packaging. There is no mention of a opt in/opt out agreement when the cd is inserted on the website and none was displayed in a personal demonstration.

Favorite quote from their website: "Virtually any information you want to know about your fan or the quality of your release can be obtained.""

Rids
16th December 2002, 05:03 PM
Things are getting ridiculous now, what the hell next, mandatory web-cam so they can see what ciggies you smoke? :p

prokaryote
17th December 2002, 12:39 AM
Originally posted by Rids
Things are getting ridiculous now, what the hell next, mandatory web-cam so they can see what ciggies you smoke? :p

That's a great idea for our "homeland security" department! I think I'll pass it on to them as soon as my brown shirt and jack boots arrive!:eek: :rolleyes: :mad: :p