While artists and fans continue to find good uses for MP3 files, the company itself is another matter. MP3.com makes much ado about how it pays artists and itís true that in May a band called 303infinity raked in $23,686 from them. But the money paid to artists comes from a fixed pool-every penny an artist earns is directly subtracted from another artistís pocket, a policy that encourages artists to continuously hit their own MP3.com sites to get more of those pennies and allow MP3.com to up its advertising rates.
[from Rock & Rap Confidential/2000]
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