News Burst: SDMI will fail - EMusic

They haven't even come up with the standards yet but one leading digital music guru is already predicting the death of the SDMI.

The SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative) was formed by major players in the record industry to come up with a copyright-enabled alternative to MP3. An announcement is imminent. According to Bob Kohn, chairman of digital download company EMusic, formerly GoodNoise, whatever the SDMI comes up with will be dead in the water by this time next year. MP3, according to him, is unstoppable.

"MP3 is the operating system of digital downloads," he said. "In a year's time the SDMI standard will suffer the same demise as Divx. The standards war is over today," he said.

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