Posts Tagged 'music'

MTV taking on YouTube, iTunes?

MTV has jumped into a few arenas recently. Cracking open the vault MTV has started up a new site offering pretty much every single music video they’ve ever got their hands on. It’s an impressive library with a few exclusive live events. Have you forgotten about the geeky girl in the corner called YouTube? MTV will bring a new hotness to online music videos.

In addition to this it seems MTV is making moves on other people’s girlfriends too. This opens up music/ringtone downloads through the MTV network. Hello iTunes, how’d you like a bitch slap? Things are starting to get a bit crowded.

More content, more traffic, more advertising revenue? I’m sure Google is laughing all the way to the bank. (link)

Warez users get probation

Notice the quality of torrent movies seem to be … less than desired? Probably because some of them have decided to get out of the biz or have been arrested. The war on piracy has gotten nasty although punishments seem to be rather light. Recently a Warez ringleader was sentenced to probation for downloading and distributing pirated software. The sentence could have included prison time. I’m guessing the plea deal involved ratting out others in the Warez network. Which would explain the sudden disappearance of good quality bootleg movies. One thing’s certain, sources for pirated software,music, and movies are starting to dry up. Perhaps the gravy train will force those users to go legit. iTunes is gonna make a lot of money.

Cowon brings the hotness with the S9 PMP

Cowon keeps getting better and better. The S9 brings the sleek, hot design with the expensive look and functionality of a PMP. Just depends on the price. If Cowon continues it’s aggressive pricing strategy the S9 should blow the next gen iPod out of the water.

Cowon S9

Cowon S9

China blocks iTunes for Tibet album

Customers in China of Apple Inc.’s iTunes online music store were unable to download songs this week, and an activist group said Beijing was trying to block access to a new Tibet-themed album.

In Internet forums, iTunes users complained they had been unable to download music since Monday. That was a day after the Art of Peace Foundation announced the release of “Songs for Tibet,” with music by Sting, Alanis Morissette, Garbage and others, and a 15-minute talk by the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader.

Michael Wohl, executive director of the New York City-based group, said he believed the album was the reason for the iTunes interruption, though he had no proof. (link)

Yahoo: DRM is dead, here’s a coupon

Yahoo Inc. is offering coupons or refunds to users who find songs they bought inaccessible after Sept. 30, when the company shuts its music-download service.

The decision to close the Yahoo Music Store had added fuel to criticisms over copy-protection measures known as digital rights management, but Yahoo promised it won’t entirely abandon loyal customers.

The company said Wednesday it is offering coupons on request for people to buy songs again through Yahoo’s new partner, RealNetworks Inc.’s Rhapsody. Those songs will be in the MP3 format, free of copy protection. Refunds are available for users who “have serious problems with this arrangement,” Yahoo said.

Spokeswoman Carrie Davis said a “small number” of users are affected by the change. Yahoo wouldn’t disclose the actual number. (link)

Stream your music wirelessly

Thanko introduced the so-called i2!, a 2.4 GHz digital wireless transmitter for portable audio players.

After connecting your MP3-player to an i2!, you can share music with up to 5 people within a radius of 10m. The device features a frequency response of 10Hz-24,000Hz, a bit rate of 16bit at 48kbps Stereo and an audio latency of 20ms. 5 hours of music playback are possible after charging the i2! for 5 hours. (link)

Seagate offers up new Maxtor 1 TB NAS

To address the growing consumer need for storage in the home, Seagate today announced the Maxtor Central Axis network drive, a network storage drive that can be used by the whole family. This latest drive from Seagate provides a terabyte of storage that every computer in the home can back up to. In addition to media streaming capabilities for video, photos and music, the new Maxtor Central Axis network drive also includes an easy-to-use remote access service that allows people to easily and securely retrieve content stored on their network drive through any Internet browser.

A concept once only reserved for the small business and enterprise space, networked storage is increasingly becoming a viable option for multiple-computer homes. According to Yankee Group’s 2008 Device Survey, of those who purchased network routers for the home, 75.9% did so with the intent of providing multiple computers with access to the Internet. The challenge of these multi-computer households is the ability to share and back up files from each computer. Maxtor Central Axis network drive allows for each computer in the home to be automatically backed up, so important files and precious memories are sheltered from virus infections or disc drive failures. Sharing files from computer to computer is easy when there is one repository for any file that you would like to share. Additionally, since the storage device is connected to the router and not formatted for an individual computer, files can be accessed and stored from both Mac OS X and Windows operated PCs. (link)


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