CNN: No love for Zune

November 15, 2006 at 10:57 pm | Posted in Apple, music | Leave a comment
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Best question: “Who’s going to buy this?
My own moment of wonder: Why did MS include wifi that won’t allow you upload music from PC to Zune without wires?!
Punchline: the last 15 seconds of the clip turn into an endorsement for the Shuffle- did Apple pay for this?!

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Kazaa settles with recording industry

November 3, 2006 at 8:37 am | Posted in copyright, music | Leave a comment
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Kazaa, the infamous and once popular file sharing network, has settled with the recording industry for an undisclosed financial penalty.  Why?  After a Supreme Court ruling that media companies could be found guilty of encouraging users to illegally trade copywritten material the party was over.  Morpheus, StreamCast and Kazaa were all eligible for lawsuit.

Earlier this year Kazaa’s parent company, Sharman Networks Lrd., agreed to take steps to block illegal file sharing on their networks and to pay $115 million in penalties.

Halloween Sounds

October 19, 2006 at 11:52 am | Posted in music | Leave a comment
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About.com has posted a list of sites with free Halloween sound fx and music: http://mp3.about.com/od/freemusicdownloads/a/halloween_music.htm 

Which made me think that we should post a track on our web sites.  To do that you need to use the embed tag.  My embed tag tutorial is here: http://rodmilstead.com/webdesign/addvideo.htm but it relates more to video. 

This one relates more to audio: http://www.webreference.com/js/column20/embed.html

RIAA targets online video content

June 18, 2006 at 11:11 pm | Posted in copyright, music, tech | Leave a comment

The RIAA is defending the rights of artists once again.  No, it's not the trading of copyrighted video material.  The RIAA is taking legal action against sites like YouTube and Google Video to force the removal of homemade videos that have indentifiable music playing in the background.  Arstechnica has the full report.

The idea that this could be a great way to promote a track via viral marketing is lost on the stodgy RIAA.  True, the association should do everything to stop the illegal distribution of copyrighted material.  But to take action against some kid playing air guitat to "Crazy Train" is… crazy.

Stop humming "Hammer Time" or it will cost you!


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