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Externalizing Piracy via iPod: Music Industry slower than Auto Industry?

Hard to believe any industry could be worse at adopting innovation than the US auto industry. But, as usual, the RIAA member companies surpirse us once again.

Ford and GM are externalizing the costs of changing the music industry, by pausing adoption of sattellite radio and moving forward with iPod integration. You, the pirate consumer, can work out the details of paying royalties for every “performance” you host in your car. The car makers will simply assume a wee-bit of probably insignificant liability for “enabling” you to do that via an iPod jack. At $160 for a connector, it seems there’s enough profit to make it work.