I am a musician. I already pay a premium to purchase DAT tape to record my own music. I already pay a premium to purchase "music CDRs" to record my own music. This drives me nuts. No one is sending me a royalty refund.
Now that I've discovered NetMD, it's deja vu all over again.
It seemed to be a perfect tool to allow a raw capture and then upload to a PC to do editing of between-song time, etc. when we do practice sessions. I was just about to order a new MD with the feature when I discovered I cannot upload my own music over the USB port. Suck!
Since this offers absolutely no advantage to me over the MD I've already got (I *never* re-record other artists' music onto MD or DAT or CD for that matter), you can be certain that I'll not be purchasing an MD upgrade until until this deficiency is fixed.
There has to be some way of both meeting your copyright concerns and allowing rapid uploading of captures. Let's face it: a committed pirate will just as easily to an intervening analog conversion and for their purposes get a recording of sufficiently high quality, even over multiple tandem encodings. Whether or not you save them a few minutes by offering a faster-than-real-time option is not relevant to them.
But as it stands, if I choose MD, I have to do that intervening analog (real-time) step myself for music that I own (dammit! I OWN IT not Sony), so I'm really better off either going directly to laptop or using the Creative Labs Nomad hard disk jukebox. That's too bad, because the MD is really otherwise quite a nice form factor.
Oh well. You lose.