Can't stop the music

2019-03-08 08:17:01

In a major blow to the recording industry, a judge in California has ruled that the Rio player, a portable device for playing MP3 music files downloaded from the Net, is not a digital audio recording device. MP3 could revolutionise the music business (see “Top of the pops”, New Scientist, 19 June, p 32), with the Rio player doing for the format what Sony’s Walkman did for cassette tapes. The Recording Industry Association of America, which fears a loss in revenue from bootlegged MP3 tracks, sued Diamond Multimedia of San Jose, Rio’s manufacturer,