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  The rugged iPod Shuffle takes a licking but keeps on ticking.



   My right arm, however, does not.

Ted Nugent's summer without love

Ahh, Nuge, such a big heart you have. In an op-ed today at the Wall Street Journal (subscription required, alas), the bow-and-arrow-toting 2nd Amendment defender had this to say about Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Mama Cass:

"I often wonder what musicial peaks they could have climbed had they not gagged to death on their own vomit."

He admires the musical talent they had, really he does. It's just that they took drugs, and Nuge has no respect for that. Or for just about anything that happened in the 1960s, evidently, beyond the civil-rights movement. There's no word in the piece about how Nuge feels about binge drinking, but it's safe to assume that's he OK with it 'cause it's legal.

Nuge also states in the piece that divorce rates, school drop outs, drug use, abortions, STDs, crime, taxes and government have gone up (exponentially, in the case of taxes and government) since the 1960s. He may be right, I don't know, yet I'd love to see the actual numbers. For example, I believe the tax burden may actually be lower now than it was in the 60s, and that it's actually been relatively constant since then. Somehow I don't think Nuge checked the data, either, but take it from me -- we in Opinion Land try not to let research hobble a cracking point of view.

No more of Allofmp3.com

Looks like Russian authorities have finally put the big hurt on Allofmp3.com, a site that sold downloadable MP3 files for insanely low prices. The predictable response: a new and remarkably similar site, Mp3sparks.com, has sprung up, and according to this Techdirt reader, it even honoring the logins and passwords that users had at Allofmp3.com.

RIAA haters
may take delight in this seemingly unwinnable game of whack-a-mole, but there's a larger point here. Like its predecessor, the new site argues that the music industry should embrace it because it's willing to pay royalties in accordance with what it claims to be Russian law. But no firm or country should have the power to impose what amounts to a compulsory license regime that gives intellectual property owners no say over the compensation they receive. That comes precious close to nationalizing the property. Allofmp3 forced bands that did not want to sell their music online, such as the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, to do so at wholesale rates far below what they could reasonably command. You can argue that labels and artists should embrace a business model like Allofmp3's and shift to a high-volume, low-margin approach, but they should be able to make that call for themselves.

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Times editorial writer Jon Healey pens opinion pieces about a variety of business issues, and blogs about technologies that are changing the entertainment industry's business model.

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