The "you morons, it's just the 90s all over again" -rant
We who gained our skillset in the 80s and 90s created the PC-centric world. We wrote the software on the native hardware and created platforms and tools to do that. The PC is a general computing machine with inputs and outputs. Now, the new generation is growing their own skillset and tools for the browser-centric world. They're not there yet, but projects like JSMAD are a clear and loud call that they're getting there. The people who say that there's a HTML tag for audio don't realize that HTML is a DSL run by a committee. The browser design teams decide what kind of audio their browser can play, and it's a mess of politics and IPR and whatnot. Projects like JSMAD make it all irrelevant: the decision what to do becomes the website programmer's decision, not the browser designers.
The browser must become the platform. And if it's not possible to write an MP3 decoder (no matter how inefficient) on it, it's not a platform. This is why JSMAD is important: it's a very important milestone on making the browser as a fully capable platform.
You see, the best business chain is always the one where the producer sells directly to the consumer. Often this is not possible, and you need intermediaries - in case of iOS, Apple takes care of the distribution and discoverability and grabs a share of the cake. Music industry - well, I'm not sure anyone knows how many intermediaries exist in these old media fortresses. The evolutionary pressure is however always towards direct producer-consumer relationships, because in that way the profit margins are the best for the producer. The Web can provide that, and hence it will win out in the end.
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