As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, now there’s a report projecting that streaming music from the cloud may cause more environmental damage than consuming music via physical products. A paper* on “the hidden cost of digital music consumption” from the MusicTank—a network group for the music industry—concludes (via Robert Andrews’ article for Paid Content):
Digital music streams could harm the environment even more than compact discs – so green-minded operators should introduce caching, or even ship their entire catalogues on a single chip.
YouTube alone could account for 1 percent of global electricity consumption by 2013. For some reason, this Rolling Stones song just came to mind.
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