What’s the Analog Hole worth? Twenty-Four Cents

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  1. Ubertrout says:

    One comment I’d make is that your third finding is that this would seem to exactly mirror the business model of allofmp3.com.

    I’d also note that part of the issue with the analog hole is that it requires a good deal more time to implement, and more skill, since the analog files need to be played back in real time, rather than a substantially faster digital read. Track breaks also must be manually set, which can be a serious pain.

  2. Paul — Thanks for an excellent visit!

  3. Jake says:

    One thing that you mention in passing but don’t really focus on is that the analog hole only has to be passed through one time, after which the DRM-free copy of the product will be digitally transferable. In a world with perfect DRM and peer-to-peer networks, this suggests that consumers will be choosing between paying for a perfect copy or downloading a copy produced with extremely high-quality analog components (such copies would presumably be more widely propagated than inferior analog copies).

    I would be curious to see the results of your survey if you included an “Amateur Musician Copy” that was produced using ~$10,000 worth of home audio equipment (or a rented music studio with similar levels of equipment).