According to the RIAA the media industry is suffering heavy losses due to increased copying and file sharing in the last 10 years. Sanity and reason shows there must be something true with that argument. But are the numbers the media companies are providing correct? What can we learn from history?
The following links provide an uncategorized and unsorted mixture of links (in multiple languages) dealing with the topic of copying and file sharing. It is in no way complete and perfect, but is probably usable as a lateral cut thru that topic.
We will update this section frequently. Comments are highly appreciated.
Sind Leer-Cassetten der Tod der Schallplatte? (~ “Will blank tapes mark the end of vinyl?”)
GeoHot has had a reverse-engineerer’s look into Sony’s high tech gadget and Sony immediately declared war.
Obviously in panic, Sony announced to deactivate Linux (Other-OS) support with their latest firmware 3.21. This was the time when people were wondering how long it would take until GeoHot would reenable it.
The magic PUP files
So it did not take too long. That notorious hacking genious did it. He says he’s using a custom PUP file. A PUP file basically is an update file for the PS3. The interesting point is usually PUP files are signed by Sony.
Could that mean there is a major flaw in Sony’s implementation of checking the authenticity of update files (at least until firmware 3.15, which GeoHot mentions is the latest that allows to install his custom PUP).
It seems someone has got his hands on a developer beta of iPhone OS 4.0. The vid below shows how multi-tasking is gonna be implemented on the iPhone. We say: yes eventually multi-tasking, but no: Palm’s webOS approach to multi-tasking is unbeaten at the moment. Apple should consider buying Palm. They are cheap and half the staff is former leading elite Apple people anyway ;-)
Apple’s golden rule: product lifecycles are two years, amigos
Sadly although Cydia users know that multi-tasking is possible even on first gen iPhones, Apple will not enable multi-tasking on devices older than iPhone 3GS.
iPhone 2G users already made a bitter experience when MMS was not enabled on their devices with the 3.0 update.
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.
According to Mac4Ever (french) the Snow Leopard 10A432 version seems to be the Gold Master (GM) release, meaning this is the final release-to-manufactoring (RTM) version. Although latest rumors (german Golem.de) say Snow Leo might be released in late August, newest information tell release is in September.
Say, do you wanna listen to musiq for free? Surely, everybody does. But in contrast to downloading albums illegally from Rapidshare, with “LastFM” and “imeem” it is legal to listen to music online. In general both services offer quite the same.
What is “imeem”?
The one little difference is that LastFM is now beginning to charge its users for allowing them to stream music to their clients. Only users from the U.S., U.K. and Germany seem to be excluded from this new business model. imeem in contrast to LastFM is still free. Anyway for playing songs at the full length on imeem a free registration is required. Luckily the registration process at imeem really takes some seconds and only requires your surename, forename, email-address, password and birthdate. Without registration only 30 seconds of the songs are being played (see our precompiled playlist at the bottom of this article). Some background information about imeem can be found here.