Steve Jobs just might be alright.
According to Financial Times, Apple is considering offering unlimited access to iTunes music to customers who pay a certain premium on iPods and iPhones. The premium could be as low as $20.
I have no idea how this would work, but I will fully admit that I'd be quick to sign on. A one time fee in exchange for all the free (legally! free!) music I want? Yes, please!
My only concern is that there's no way artists could be fairly compensated for sales. And with that being the case, how could labels ever possibly agree to the deal? Unless Apple has suddenly turned a philanthropic corner and feels the need to hand over its wealth to all the struggling musicians in the world and at no profit to themselves. Which is unlikely.
There's got to be some catch. Like, they say it's 'unlimited' for the life of your iPod, so perhaps iPods will now be programmed to die after one year? Or maybe the songs are unlimited in downloads, but limited in listens?
Something's gotta give.
Of course if it doesn't, I'll be first in line. All the music I want for the price of one CD is too good an offer to ignore.