RIAA upset over music apps in the Android Market

RIAA upset over music apps in the Android Market
It turns out that “open” is not a buzz-word that the Recording Industry Association of America is fond of. With the clock ticking down until the presumptive announcement of the Google Music Store, RIAA has taken their complaints public about how Google polices apps in the Android Market. Not surprisingly RIAA is most concerned with apps that can download copyrighted MP3s onto users’ phones without paying for them.

RIAA acknowledges that Google has taken down apps at their request in the past, but feels that Google is slow to act, and that similar knock-off apps often pop back up in the market shortly afterward. At issue currently is an app named MP3 Music Download Pro. The app lets users search for lyrics and MP3s, download, and organize them on their phones.

RIAA says it requested that this app be taken down in August, but to date Google has not removed it. According to sources, Google has not removed MP3 Music Download Pro because it can be used for finding and downloading legal files as well.

What impact will this have on negotiations with the Music Labels? It’s not clear, as making legal music move easily available for purchase is one way to combat illegal downloads. It’s also not clear that there is any legal requirement for Google to remove an app when it has a valid legal purpose. Still, Google and other search companies have long been viewed with suspicion by owners of intellectual property, and this latest ruckus probably isn’t doing much to ease their concerns.

source: PC Magazine via Android Authority



1. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I was wondering how Google could have free music apps like MP3 Download and former Gtunes...

2. orangejuice

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Also read: "RIAA upset at the internet"

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Google is not the Internet . Nor are search engines, just saying. I'll now take my leave before this place gets full of haters

6. Galen20K

Posts: 576; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

you need attention or something protozeloz, sure sounds like it. Enjoy!

7. orangejuice

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

That's the point of the joke. The app just accesses content that is already on the net, it's not like getting rid of the app is going to put any type of dent in piracy. I think it's funny that the RIAA is targeting it. I like that Google is not giving in.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't care what platform you prefer. Anyone who pisses off the RIAA is automatically awesome. :)

5. Galen20K

Posts: 576; Member since: Dec 26, 2008


11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

technically, i think that was 15 words. :)

8. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Who does this hurt more? the Artists or the labels? The labels who literally no longer need to exist with that meduim already being replaced by services such as Beatport. The RIAA is the biggest bunch of whiners desperately trying to hold onto a handhold that is rapidly diminishing..

9. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

This is great, RIAA can't even come close to eclipse Google's legal power.

10. YellowSmileY

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

when is the RIAA going to die already

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

goodbye RIAA, you are IRRELEVANT! we need to get to a point where bands can have a public forum to sell their music at prices they see fit without the 300 middlemen taking bigger chunks of it then the band actually makes per song/cd.

13. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I'll be honest, I have one of those music downloading apps on my phone, but what difference does that make.? I could just as easily just put my microSD card adapter into my laptop and put MP3s on my phone that way. Either way, even though I support CDs, there's not ignoring the fact that music is starting to be more digital. Hell, you rarely see commercials for CDs anymore and most artists on Twitter tell their followers to buy the album on iTunes or Amazon anyway. *shrugs*

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Cool app - I guess it is stealing music, but it is not like I turn around and resell it....

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