Sharing in 3D

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The future is now. Seriously. I remember back in 3rd grade watching this National Geographic-type school appropriate video that showed what kinda scientific improvements and inventions we could expect by the year 2000. Few of these actually became reality. But, I’ll tell you what…we got that Willy Wonka shit, yo…

Don’t believe me? Check it…

What?

Are you kidding me? This is next level. This is some sci-fi back-to-the-future-type stuff.
I love file sharing. Nah, not that illegal pirating. I’m talking about situations like THIS where artists you’re feeling decide to drop some free joints for your listening pleasure and all you gotta do is download their gift. Have you heard this shared file yet?…

Or this one…

Did you ever stop and think about how great this technology is? You don’t have go to the store to pick anything up. You’re already at your computer, you exert no effort and you get new music. Free. Bam! Can you imagine the potential of file sharing now, with these 3D printers? You can download that hardcopy, son. Think about this. There are records that I want but can’t find or afford.

Exhibit A. One of the illest Hip Hop tracks ever committed to wax…

And the only way I can get this 12″ is to pay between $80 and $800 (over $100 just for a re-issue), depending on condition. Why so much? Well, for starters, the artwork on the cover as well as the beat were created by the one and only Jean-Michel Basquiat. Also, due to the limited number of original copies put out on the small label, Tartown in 1983, it’s hard to come by.

Now, being a family man, I really have to weigh my priorities; wants vs. needs. I don’t need to drop a mortgage payment on a record (even though I want it). So, what to do? Well, it seems to me that the limited quantity of this album is what’s pushing up the price. Even if another batch of reissues was to come out, it wouldn’t be a big order. Solution: print copies as they are purchased. I need a copy. My payment is made. The record is printed from the record company to a pick up point close to my house or even at my house (who knows how fast this technology will catch on and spread).

Look, earlier this year the U.S. postal service significantly hiked the prices for shipping items the size of 7″ records. This greatly impacted smaller record labels like the good folks at Cherries Records (who only put out 7″ records). Think of how this technology could save, or even revive, some of your smaller mom and pop record labels. We have the means, we have the technology.

I’m still bugging out that this technology exists. Everyday they are doing more and more with 3D printers. Earlier this year students at a well respected university even printed edible food. Talk about droppin’ science.

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