MP3 Phone Battle in Korea Heating Up
MP3 Phone Battle in Korea Heating Up.
While the patent fight over MP3 phones in Korea is ongoing, the conflict between the Korean music industry and cellphone makers is about to reach the boiling point (Korean). While the Korean music industry is trying to ban MP3 phones in Korea, LG Telecom wants LG phone users to be able to download and play any MP3 files. As in most such conflicts in Korea, neither side is prepared to lose.
Whether MP3 phones are banned in Korea or not, both sides have to worry about downloadable third-party software capable of accessing other music networks and playing other formats. If they cripple the device so that downloaded software can't access the cellphone's audio, then Korean phonemakers will lose the competitive edge over models from other phone makers.
Only possibly workable solution I see is Play Tax. The idea is to charge music listeners using audio devices by the minute and compensate the music industry. Differentiating music and conversations can be done by a chip on every device that can output hi-quality sound. [Don Park's Daily Habit]