Old 28th November 2008, 07:31   #1
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LC-AAC streaming generated from iTunes

Can LC-AAC files encoded with iTunes legally be used for internet radio broadcast?

What if the stream was subscription only?
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Old 28th November 2008, 07:42   #2
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Encoding format has nothing to do with copyrights. If you play copyrighted music (regardless of what format they are coded in) then you have to pay the appropriate fees per your country.

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Old 28th November 2008, 13:27   #3
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Dunno if this is also where the poster was going with this ...

I believe it is also in Apple's terms of agreement that the music purchased from their store (drm'ed or undrm'ed) does not include the rights to rebroadcast the music. People argue that is part of the reason why music on iTunes is so cheap.
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Old 28th November 2008, 14:31   #4
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Who would want to rebroadcast that compressed crap! We have a bunch of songs in rotation that were purchased from iTunes, and I can pick them out every time, they sound even worse after they go through the mixer, processing, and get recompressed for the streams. The only stuff that might be worth having is the 256k songs that they have.

But again you have to pay the performance rights on top of getting the music!

Also almost no music that normal people can buy includes rights to rebroadcast in the USA. Exceptions might be some independant bands that also own their own recording company. There are companies that sell music for rebroadcast that include some fees, but you still have to pay the other fees.

In short, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

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Old 28th November 2008, 21:06   #5
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Um, you can encode songs from your own CDs using the iTunes AAC encoder. And the iTunes AAC encoder is best AAC encoder available to the consumer. I'm sure there are better ones costing $$$.
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But encoding a file as an AAC instead of MP3 doesn't some how make it magically uncopyrighted. Copyright applies regardless of format.

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Old 28th November 2008, 22:12   #7
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Copyright of the music itself was not the question on this thread, you are talking to me as if I were a moron and thread hijacking as well.

As Sammy Hagar once said, "What is understood does not need to be discussed."
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Old 29th November 2008, 01:33   #8
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Well... If you are playing AAC@128k out of your computer, into your mixer, then out of the mixer into a processor, and then encoding it into any other compressed stream, it will have a lesser quality than taking a wave file and playing that back through the same system.

You can do what you want. That includes playing back unlicensed AAC files, and nothing we suggest can stop you. We've answered the question, and expounded on why you would not want to play these files. Good luck with whatever you do.

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