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“The number of high-quality services that “compete with free” is growing—and some of the credit is certainly due to the major content conglomerates, which have made it easier to license and use their digital material. As a recent subscriber to Rdio, it’s hard for me to imagine anyone who would even want to go to the hassle of pirating music when 13 million tracks are ready to be dialed up in instant, high-quality streams, complete with album art. For $4.99 a month—the cost of the Web-only unlimited subscription—you would have be one cheap bastard with way too much time on your hands to scour P2P networks instead.”

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/post-sopa-the-path-forward-for-addressing-piracy.ars

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