Release date for Simon Green’s latest album is set to March 23rd, 2010 (U.S.A.) and March 29th, 2010 (Rest of Planet). Wtf? Right wtf. Anyway, Ninja Tune prepped a Mini Mix for all people waiting out there. He’ll be here in Berlin on May 06th, 2010 at the Maria am Ostbahnhof. Enjoy…
As an addition to our periodical music reviews we now offer to get those tracks legally as mp3 downloads from our own site here. We don’t expect big sales here. We see this as another experiment in our large field of experiments.
As this is all about gathering experiences, we currently offer this service for the U.S. and for Germany only.
The quality of the mp3 files is very good. The mp3 files have round about 256kBits/s compressed variable bitrate.
You get real mp3’s without digital rights management (DRM) or watermarks. You can play mp3 files virtually on any mobile music player around, mp3’s are of course compatible to Apple’s iPods or iPhones or Palm’s Pre.
And yes: this is legal. No downloading from dark places. And the best: we teamed up with Amazon, thus allowing you to use Amazon as your payment service to get our finest mp3 selections.
The prices vary depending on the size and the amount of tracks. LP’s usually cost about US$9.98 (€9.98). EP’s vary between $3.00 – $5.00.
This title “NY to Tokyo” is taken from Anti-Pop Consortium’s latest album “Fluorescent Black” (2009), released on BigDada. The german Tonspion offers two more tracks from this album legally for free mp3 download (Capricorn One and Volcano Rmx).
Amazon has opened their music download service for german customers. About 5 million MP3’s can be downloaded. Prices vary between 0.77€ and 0.99€. Complete albums start at 4.95€.
Amazon does not use DRM techniques. MP3’s are encoded at 256KBit/sec. By using the MP3 format these files can be played on virtually any digital portable music player.
Downloading requires Amazon’s MP3-Downloader. Amazon supports all major operating systems like Windows, MacOS X and Linux (Debian 4, Ubuntu 9, OpenSuSE 11, Fedora 9). The growing number of Linux users will most likely appreciate a way to legally buy and download music.
Eric Castro released a beta version of his All-In-One media player named “PwnPlayer” to chose beta testers. PwnPlayer is intended to be a replacement for the iPod player included with the iPhone or iPod Touch.
PwnPlayer’s features as follows:
playback from file system – PwnPlayer reads any folder from the file system
copy files to the iPhone via FTP client, iTunes not required
Compatibility with iTunes music library
Search songs, artists, albums or files
Gesture controlling even on locked screens
For obvious reasons this app will not be available on Apple’s AppStore
Jailbroken iPhone 2G or 3G
Jailbroken iPod Touch
Interested in becoming beta tester of this amazing app? Simply donate Eric some money. He’ll contact you then.
The transition is coming silenty, for Walmart it began in August 2007, when they began selling digital music free of DRM. Prior Walmart has been using the proprietary implementation WMA by Microsoft to protect music from copying. With the open letter by Steve Jobs (February 2007), that dealt with the DRM topic, the music marketing model began to shift from DRM protected music to pure MP3’s. In February 2008 Walmart ceased to offer digital music with DRM in favor of only offering pure MP3’s.
Now the transition seems almost over. Walmart now sent emails informing their DRM customers, that the DRM servers will be shut down soon – thus turning all legally bought WMA audio tracks worthless. Walmart strongly recommends to back up the protected music to normal audio CD’s:
“By backing up your songs, you will be able to access them from any personal computer. This change does not impact songs or albums purchased after Feb 2008, as those are DRM-free.”
The hassle-freeness of Legality?
Like the customers of Microsoft Music, who forced them to have the DRM servers running for the next three years and the customers of Yahoo Music, who will shut down their servers tomorrow, also Walmart’s digital music customers from the earliest days will most likely consider this the end of an argy-bargy story. We can’t imagine they would really feel pleased for having to manually convert all their legally bought audio tracks to tons of audio CDs and having to re-rip them with loss of quality.
Now what exactly was the advantage of buying music legally online vs. illegally downloading vs. buying the CD in the first place? The evolution of digital consciousness has obviously just begun to start in the heads of the music industry’s leaders.