A month ago ReDigi launched a beta version of the service. Besides the fact that you can purchase your favorite songs from them, a rather new feature is introduced – you can sell tracks that you don’t listen to anymore and get credit points with which you can purchase new tracks. Personally I think that’s an amazing idea since, as the website underlines at some point, people’s taste in music changes.
“The truth is, most people listen to less than 20% of their music libraries. That’s a whole lot of music taking up space on your computer somewhere. Why not sell the songs you don’t listen to, and use the credit we give you to buy music you’ll love?” the site reads.
“Tracks that are eligible for resale will be removed from the seller’s computer and all synced devices,” ReDigi said in a press release last month.
The track is then “stored in the ReDigi cloud, and offered for sale on ReDigi’s Web site. When the song is purchased, the track and license will be instantly transferred to its new owner.”
Regarding RIAA’s letter, Jaclyn Inglis, a spokeswoman for ReDigi, said:
“We are not afraid of something like this.”
Basically what ReDigi is doing falls under the “first sale” principles which say that a legally purchased CD can be sold. What about digital downloading?
Well, RIAA doesn’t fancy the fact that ReDigi is making copies of songs that they try to sell without having the needed licenses. They also blame ReDigi for using copyrighted album art.