Category Archives: music

Codemonkey

I have been meaning to post this for ages.

This sums up so beautifully how the Intertnet is such a positive medium.

Ever get the feeling it’s not just a coincidence?

What looked like an interesting story at the end of the year in The Washington Post about the RIAA claiming ripped CDs are “unauthorised copies” then got a twist with The Post issuing a correction, which some thought was worthy of a correction of it’s own.

At the same time, on the other side of the pond, the same issue, which had been extensively examined and clearly ruled upon by Andrew Gowers, became a topic for consultation for the new minister for Intellectual Property.

Wired revisited the RIAA stance and was very adament that the intention was very clear:

So, to sum up, the RIAA does believe that a majority of American music buyers are thieving criminals, but it’s not going to sue anyone over ripping MP3s because) a) it’s not really a big deal to them anymore b) there’s no real way to find out and/or c) it would be terrible publicity to sue someone for using an iPod.

And now has revisited the topic again:

The RIAA doesn’t believe Americans have any right — or Fair Use legal defense — to play copyrighted material on the device and in the format of their choosing.

That belief has been and will continue to be a threat to innovation and new technology.

The failure to recognize that simple truth will blow back in the form of more draconian public policies and laws, as well as more crippled devices.

This is not an industry looking for new business models, or using technology to ensure rights are respected, but looking to put all the evil back into Pandora’s Jar – which is hugely ironic given that Pandora has left the building!

rutunes.com – one to watch!

I just got pinged out of the blue by Seb, who has set up rutunes.com with some friends, and he recommended I swing by and have a look.

So I did. It’s obviously got some features to add yet and when they are in place it looks like it will rock! They will offer guides on how to search across all the sites at once and how to use PayPal to top up any account. Genius!

In the meantime their reviews of the current crop of music stores are extremely down-to-earth and hugely informative. Well worth reading for your own benefit and also as a resource to point people to who wish to find some DRM-free, reasonably priced MP3s.

EMI ditches DRM (kinda). iTunes the first to sell the same thing twice.

COVERAGE 

From EMI:

http://www.emigroup.com/Press/2007/press18.htm 

From Apple:

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/04/02itunes.html

From the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6516189.stm

From The Guardian:

http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2048471,00.html

From Wired:

http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/04/emi_removes_drm.html 

From VNUNET:

http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2186999/emi-drops-drm

 From TheRegister:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/02/emi_apple_drm_free/

From TheInquirer:

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=38636

From BoingBoing:

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/04/02/itunes_store_will_se.html

From Jupiter Research:

http://weblogs.jupiterresearch.com/analysts/mulligan/archives/2007/04/apple_emi_deal.html 

From Engadget:

http://www.engadget.com/2007/04/02/apple-and-emi-ditching-drm-is-good-but-its-not-good-enough/

(Read the comments – they are brilliant!)

ANALYSIS

From Wired:

http://www.wired.com/entertainment/music/news/2007/04/emihardware_0403

From TheRegister:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/03/emi_apple_drm_analysis/

From Jupiter Research:

http://weblogs.jupiterresearch.com/analysts/mulligan/archives/2007/04/interoperabilit.html

UNRELATED?

From TheRegister:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/03/apple_emi_ec_fines/

From Jupiter Research:

http://weblogs.jupiterresearch.com/analysts/mulligan/archives/2007/04/apple_back_in_t.html

Internet Archive – my time is yours!

Spent most of my weekend here:

http://www.archive.org/index.php

Looks like the rest of the week is booked up as well. 🙂

A bit of light music!

Demo:

Performance:

Found via http://www.davidmetz.net/blog/

Website for the project – http://mtg.upf.edu/reactable/

Steve Jobs is not a moron!

Steve Jobs on Apple and DRM :

Quote:

“Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy. Though the big four music companies require that all their music sold online be protected with DRMs, these same music companies continue to sell billions of CDs a year which contain completely unprotected music. That’s right! No DRM system was ever developed for the CD, so all the music distributed on CDs can be easily uploaded to the Internet, then (illegally) downloaded and played on any computer or player.

In 2006, under 2 billion DRM-protected songs were sold worldwide by online stores, while over 20 billion songs were sold completely DRM-free  and unprotected on CDs by the music companies themselves. The music companies sell the vast majority of their music DRM-free, and show no signs of changing this behavior, since the overwhelming majority of their revenues depend on selling CDs which must play in CD players that support no DRM system.

So if the music companies are selling over 90 percent of their music DRM-free, what benefits do they get from selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system? There appear to be none. If anything, the technical expertise and overhead required to create, operate and update a DRM system has limited the number of participants selling DRM protected music. If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies.”

At least it’s a bit of balance!

TheInquirer.net article – Music industry set to abandon DRM shocka

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=37410

Quote:

SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE. After all the lawsuits we’ve been reporting about, all the fiasco’s we’ve been through (Microsoft incompatible trio MSN-Plays For Sure-Zune), and now, it seems that music industry executives are finally thinking with their senses and not with their ill-fated techno-paranoid logic. During Music 2.0 conference in Los Angeles, a lot of speakers are confirming that the time has come to either drop the DRM completely, or enable complete interoperability between various devices and services such as iTunes, Zune, Sansa, Rhapsody, eMusic, Yahoo, Napster, Limewire, Walkman etc.”

BPI and it’s websleights

BPI’s “Adults you know it’s wrong !” websleight:

http://www.bpi.co.uk/index.asp?Page=piracy/content_file_79.shtml

BPI’s “Teenagers you know it’s wrong!” websleight:

http://www.pro-music.org/

BPI’s “Toddler’s you know it’s wrong!” websleight:

http://www.childnet-int.org/music/

AllofMP3.com – revisited

In a previous post I noted that you could still use Xrost to top up your AllofMP3 account.

This option no longer appears on the Refill Balance page BUT you can still redeem Xrost iCards by:

Logging into AllofMp3.com – https://ssl.allofmp3.com/login.shtml

then pasting in the following URL – http://account.allofmp3.com/pays/payments.shtml?action=step2&via=xrost

which bring up the payment step for redeeming Xrost iCards.

Seems like the screw is getting turned another notch!

A roadmap and a destination for the future

A “must-read” for anyone who wants to know strategically what the digital future is.

Part 1 – IPTV/VoD: The world that’s on its way

Part 2- IPTV/VoD: The world that’s on its way

Part 3 – IPTV/VoD: The world that’s on its way

The title of the article says it all.

Big labels are f*cked, and DRM is dead

An anthem for the Digital Age!

Don’t download this song by “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Quotes:

“…they’ll treat you like the evil, hard-bitten, criminal scum you are..”

“… even Lars Ulrich knows it’s wrong.”

A free tip for online music etailers.

Let me post a request for content!

Backstory – I wanted to give someone an introduction to an Irish singer – Mary Black – and the album I wanted to recommend was one from 1990 called The best of Mary Black. Well – what started off as a simple task, blossomed into a quest which then transmogrified into an obsession to get this content online.  And I failed!

I spent hours trying every online avenue to get this and was utterly defeated. The thing that got me mad though was the digital download sites that kept telling me what they had but not allowing me to tell them what I wanted!

Listen music people – I have money and I’m not afraid to spend it!

But not one single online site asked me the most basic of retail’s rules – ask the customer what it is they want.

If a download site had a button on their site that said – “Can’t find it? Click here and we will get it for you.” – BOOM – you got me.

So there you go online music etailers – a double header – put something like this on your site and you will get both my money and my loyalty – minus my consultancy fee, of course.