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f : fsfc-discuss@gnu.org 7 April 2012 • 6:09AM -0400

[fsfc-discuss] How Quebecor increased their stronghold on Quebec francophone songs ( & artists )
by Fabian Rodriguez

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Hi

This week I noticed one of our local tech blogs invite its québécois
reader ship to join zik.ca and try its  "improved" service.
- From Wikipedia:

"*Archambault*, a Quebecor Media
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebecor_Media> company, is the largest
music retailer in the province of Quebec
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec>, Canada
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada>, as well as a major retailer of
books, DVDs, periodicals, musical instruments, sheet music, games, toys
and gift ideas. Its e-commerce site, www.archambault.ca, is the largest
French-language retail site in North America. The company's Zik.ca site
is the world's first French-language music download service. Archambault
currently operates 15 stores in Quebec."

To my surprise, all the music that used to be available for purchase as
MP3 without DRM is now available via a streaming-only service, under a
monthly subscription model. Summarizing:

- - No more downloads.
- - Geographically restricted to Canada
- - Online only (with caching on smartphones)

Forget about putting MP3s on your Ogg Vorbis player (or any mp3
player!). Here's the article in French:
http://blogues.canoe.ca/technosterone/critiques-express/essayez-zik-ca/

Canoe is a Quebecor web property - ah, convergence :|

Have a nice weekend,

Fabian


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Fabián Rodríguez

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