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Tuesday, April 11, 2020

An idea: Offline Music Petrol Station

Hi all, an idea just popped up. Here it goes...An offline music petrol station is basically a facility (placed either in shopping malls, parks, etc) that allows people to easily fill their MP3 players or ipods. In order to use this device, people will need to purchase a special chip, which they would slot into the music petrol station each time they need to refill their music players. After they have inserted the chip into the device, a list of songs would appear and all they need to do is to select their favourite songs, and these songs will automatically be transferred into their music players.

3 parties are involved in the whole process and they are:

1) Music artists - refers to vocalists, musicians or composers, i.e; those who are directly or indirectly involved in the production of songs in the playlist.

2) Music Petrol Station Vendors - refers to businesspeople/entrepreneurs who purchase and own the music petrol station and provide the facility as one of their product offerings to music buffs. Chips are sold to music buffs by vendors.

3) Music buffs - refers to people who purchase chips from vendors and download music directly from the music petrol station. Music buffs can also custom-made and purchase their music petrol station from the vendor.

How it works:

1) Artists allow their songs to be included in the playlist inside the music petrol station.

2) Vendors sell a special chip to music buffs so music buffs could download songs from the music petrol station. A chip will no longer be valid if downloads exceed a specified limit, say 15,000 songs, therefore music buffs would need to purchase a new chip to continue using the music petrol station.

3) Artists get a percentage from all sales of chips and downloads.

4) Songs are included, on a per-request basis by vendors or as in when an agreement is made between an artist and a vendor.

How the music petrol station looks like:

1) A normal vending machine, except chips are inserted to use the facility instead of coins. The music petrol station can be placed anywhere where the vendor deems appropriate.

2) Custom-made according to the preference of music buffs. In this case, the music petrol station will most likely be a collector's item and is placed in the homes of music buffs. Songs can be added by purchasing a new chip from the vendor once the current chip exceeds the download limit.

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Idea Conceived by Jeannie Cotter, April 11, 2020.
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  • Well, the problem is there are many more easier ways to do this. Cell phones are now also acting as wallets AND pipelines. Even if I do not want to hear music on my cell phone/pda I am sure iPod Bluetooth is coming soon. So, I can download even from iTunes Music Store right to my cell phone using web access most cells now offer, and use bluetooth to transfer to iPod/MP3 if not using a cable. By the time you'd get all the players in line the opportunity would pass by. There is a way to do this thing, but without reinventing the wheel. I will try to post about it here sometime.



    By Imran Anwar, at 8:11 AM  

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    By Imran Anwar, at 8:13 AM  

  • Sorry I don't think the Offline Music Petrol station will work. I rather just listen to the radio or my own music. but no guts no glory, so keep them coming :)

    Made me think of Freedom Toaster.

    "Freedom Toasters are conveniently located, self-contained, computer-based, 'Bring 'n Burn' facilities. Like vending machines, preloaded to dispense confectionery, Freedom Toasters are preloaded to dispense free digital products (e.g. Linux Operating Systems and the office suite Toaster Software)."

    By Julius, at 3:19 AM  

  • make the same machine able to charge dead cellphones!

    By Sam O.T.C., at 9:42 AM  

  • See June 2004:

    Vending machines burning music

    Look for a song, listen to it, burn it, and take it home on a CD or MP3 from a supermarket vending machine. Legally.

    It's already possible in Spain, where YourMusic successfully pioneered musical "pick and pay" machines and MusicPlay intends to launch in October a vending machine where people would pay 0,60 euros for a song. With the blessing of authors, musicians, labels, etc.

    While MusicPlay machines will offer music from small or indies labels at 0,60 euros/song and harbours more than 300.000 tunes, YourMusic ones can count over a million songs and offers more popular music, mixing new and older tunes and pricing them accordingly: from 1 euro to 1,50 for the ultimate hit (IVA and CD included.)

    Payment can be made cash, with a credit card, and in the case of YourMusic, via mobile phones.

    Both systems claim that their main motivation is to inject bounce back into the wrecked music market. YourMusic promotes mainstream music and wants to be seen as another actor in the distribution chain.

    MusicPlay wants to give new talents an opportunity to be known or allow record labels to offer music "out of catalogue" without being obliged to make new copies.

    SGAE itself, the Spanish Society of Authors and Editors, approves of the system and has a prototype of a MusicPlay machine in its Madrid headquarters.

    In its battle against piracy, the music industry did not manage so far to come out with a satisfying alternative marketing model that would let consumers download music in MP3 format AND pay the rights. The new Spanish system could be a solution.

    By ant on a mission, at 4:18 PM  

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