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BW Online | July 30, 2003 | Why iTunes Has Bands on the Run

At the heart of the debate is this question: Who should decide what’s art, the artist or the public? The Chili Peppers and Metallica say they — and they alone — should decide how fans should listen to and keep their music.

[ . . . . ] Apple’s (APPL ) iTunes is a tool of liberation. It gives them the freedom to pick and choose, and, in essence, make their own compilations from favorite tracks. [ . . . ] In fact, the opportunity to compile personalized play lists and track selections may be one of the service’s biggest draws.