People in the file sharing scene adapt to what is the most popular, that has become common sense these days. Just like MTV has become pop cultures mirror to the world, KaZaA has become the gateway to free music online. Both of these medians rely on advertising to promote and profit from their service, which in sense is part of any successful business plan. Sublime said perfectly: This ain’t no funky reggae party, 5 dollars at the door.”.
A large number of ZP users gripe at the perception of installing Adware / Spware in their computers. I don’t disagree, I wouldn’t want a program running on my machine that I couldn’t un-install or neutralize. But I do understand the need to create income for a company, although occasionally companies do take guerrilla advertising a bit to far.
Can a file sharing program continue to offer service without seeing a revenue? Not likely. Even if the program becomes successful, there are operating costs which drive most companies out of business. Sure open source protocols do offer a possibility, but can they handle the rush of 4 million active file sharing users? Na. But I still have high hopes.
The point of this discussion is to talk about different methods file sharing can use to succeed in driving a profit. Can p2p users accept advertising?
Zeropaid Note: This discussion is intended for a mature P2P audience. ZP moderators will delete news comments. So please comment intelligently and help evolve file sharing, not destroy it.